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Bourne Town are back in United Counties League action at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday when they host Aylestone Park




Bourne boss Simon Daws feels his side are capable of coping with a daunting run of fixtures if his players can strengthen their mentality.

The Wakes are back in action at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday when they host second-placed Aylestone Park in a United Counties League Division One match.

It's the start of a run of tough tests for third-from-bottom Bourne who face a number of the division's heavyweights in the coming weeks.

Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (20003516)
Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (20003516)

After next weekend's trip to Rushden & Higham, Bourne's following three league games are against much-fancied Bugbrooke, table-topping Long Buckby and pre-season title favourites Melton Town.

Daws though feels his charges can compete with the league's big guns as long as they start responding positively to setbacks in games.

A hotly-disputed opening goal at Harrowby a fortnight ago sparked a 3-0 defeat while Bourne were beaten in Saturday's crunch clash at Birstall after conceding a flurry of goals while two players were controversially sin-binned.

Daws said: "It was very disappointing that one poor decision changed the game again like it did at Harrowby the previous week.

"It really was a poor decision from the official, but mentally we don't seem strong enough to cope when things aren't going for us.

"We need to change that mentality because, when we go a goal down, we look like we expect to concede three or four.

"I have seen enough in my lads though to show that we're capable of getting points off the top teams, but we need to cut out the silly mistakes and keep our concentration.

"There is plenty of determination and we need to be ready to go again on Saturday by putting in a good performance."

Harrison Dee. (20003418)
Harrison Dee. (20003418)

Bourne will be boosted by the return of defensive duo Dan Smith and Seb Hood who both missed the weekend defeat at Birstall.

But they have lost the services of midfielder Harrison Dee whose decision to drop down a level to join Peterborough North End Sports has disappointed Daws.

He commented: "Harrison has started all four games for us and has done really well. He's a really promising player so it's disappointing that he wants to step down a level.

"It's not the first time it's ever happened, but I do find it hard to believe when players who have opportunities want to step down a level.

"It's disappointing because he's got a bright future and I hope that he doesn't regret it.

"It does give a chance for other players to have an opportunity though. We've been getting 30 players at training every week.

"It's still early days so I need to make sure that I've not missed anything because I want to be fair to the lads at the club first."

Bourne have boosted their attacking ranks by signing Mohamed Soumah who made his Wakes debut as a second half substitute on saturday.

Soumah is a former Senegalese Under 23 international who is linked with player-coach Julian Joachim's PlayerTrader agency.

Daws added: "Mo came on for 20 minutes on Saturday and we liked what we saw.

"He's a bit of an unknown, but he's got a lot of pace and is an exciting player on the ball."

Reece Driscoll has also left the Wakes to join league rivals Huntingdon Town.


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