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Bourne Town manager Simon Daws aiming for third successive United Counties League Division One win at Harrowby United on Saturday

Unbeaten Bourne boss Simon Daws feels Saturday’s trip to Harrowby United will be the biggest test so far of his Wakes tenure.

Daws has led Bourne to back-to-back victories in his opening two games in charge of the United Counties League Division One club.

They followed up a 1-0 away win at Lutterworth Athletic with a 4-3 home success over Raunds Town at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday.

Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (19017758)
Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (19017758)

The victory brace has moved Bourne out of the bottom two places in the division, but they face a Harrowby side on Saturday who are pushing for honours at the other end of the table.

Daws watched the Arrows defeat Rushden & Higham 3-1 on Tuesday night to move into sixth place and is expecting a tough test for his rejuvenated Wakes side.

He said: “I watched Harrowby on Tuesday night and they're a good side. It will be the biggest test yet for us.

"We will need to work hard like we have been doing. There's been a lot more determination about us and hopefully we can get something from the game.

"They started off slowly on Tuesday night, but got more into the game. They've got some good wide threats and it's up to us to approach the game in the right way.

"The spirit and confidence is good after two wins and long may that continue.

"We had five subs on the bench on Saturday which gave us five different options to change it and having players available is key.

"If they express an interest in being here then I expect them to be committed and make themselves available for training and matches.

"If we are going to achieve anything then we need to keep that continuity within the squad.”

Setpiece specialist Julian Joachim in action for the Wakes on Saturday. (19017664)
Setpiece specialist Julian Joachim in action for the Wakes on Saturday. (19017664)

Daws will be looking to improve the concentration and fitness of his players in the build-up to Saturday’s match after they conceded three goals in the weekend win which saw new player-coach Julian Joachim made his Bourne bow.

Joachim assisted with all four of the Bourne goals and his arrival, coupled with successive wins, has been a boost for Bourne both on and off the pitch.

Daws added: “We do need to work on our concentration. We let three goals in on Saturday and that was because we let our concentration slip at certain stages of the game.

"It's something we will work on improving as well as the fitness of the players because better teams will hurt us more.

"We can't afford to give goals away and we want to be keeping clean sheets.

"People have been starting to ask questions about us now though which is good because players don't want to come to clubs who are bottom of the league.

"We've got a couple of wins and we're looking up again and having Julian on board with us as player-coach also helps.

"We want to get him out on the pitch as much as possible and get as many games out of him as we can.

"His experience will be vital. He's so good from setpieces and if gets time anywhere on the pitch then he will hurt teams and he proved that on Saturday.

"The surface at the Abbey Lawn is excellent and he really enjoyed playing on it.”

Bourne concede a goal in the first half of Saturday's match against Raunds. (19017711)
Bourne concede a goal in the first half of Saturday's match against Raunds. (19017711)

Daws has also appointed former Boston Town Reserve boss Tom Crozier as his assistant.

He continued: “You can't see everything yourself so having more heads and more opinions can only help.

"It speeds things up if you've got more people looking at it. We both went to watch different games on Tuesday night so we've covering plenty of ground between us.

"We've got the job and we want to do it properly and that means getting out and watching games as well."

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