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Bourne Town entertain Bugbrooke St Michael at the JJ Mac Stadium in Division One of the Uhlsport United Counties League




Bourne boss Simon Daws is hoping his side can make the most of their home comforts to snap a three-match losing streak.

The Wakes host Bugbrooke St Michael at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday in what will be just the second home game of Daws’ reign.

After starting his tenure at the Uhlsport United Counties League Division One club with back-to-back victories, Bourne have been beaten in their last three league outings.

Bourne boss Simon Daws. (21094142)
Bourne boss Simon Daws. (21094142)

And they will face a tough test on Saturday against a visiting Badgers side who have lost just one of their nine league games so far this season.

Daws said: “I don’t think we’re far away but we keep making silly mistakes which is costing us in games.

“We’ve lost three games in a row now, the heads are starting to go down and we’re nearly back to the position of when I came in of trying to lift everyone.

“We’ve got a job on, but it will be nice to get back to playing at home again. I’ve been in charge for five games and only one of them has been at home.

“Hopefully it will give us a lift and we can get something from the game.

“We need to put in a solid performance.

“Darren Munton (joint Bourne chairman) watched Bugbrooke on Saturday at Melton so I’ll be speaking to him and getting a run-down on them.

“Every game is a tough one for us at the moment because I’m not sure what I’m going to get.

“We seem to concede a goal and the heads go down and it is always around the same time about the 30 or 35-minute mark.

“We get to that stage of the game and then seem to have a slip in concentration, but we’ll keep at it and hopefully another win will help us turn the corner.

“We don’t want to see the season slipping away. We’ll get the lads lifted for Saturday and hopefully get a result. Three points will lift us and hopefully being at home can spur us on.”

Dan Smith (right) misses the next three games for Bourne Town. (21093941)
Dan Smith (right) misses the next three games for Bourne Town. (21093941)

Daws does want his side to start taking responsibility for shaping their own destiny following Saturday's 4-1 reversal at Rushden & Higham.

He added: "The first goal we conceded at Rushden on Saturday was so frustrating because we had talked about it before we went out.

"They have played a short free-kick to their left-back who has had the angle to cross the ball into the box for the header which went in.

"It was the same sort of goal we have conceded in the last couple of games which is really disappointing.

"Up until that point we'd had the better chances and should probably have been a couple of goals up.

"I gave them a rollicking at half-time and it was pretty even after that. They got a second goal and it looked all over, but Julian (Joachim) stuck one in for us which lifted us again and I thought we were going to get back in it.

"But they hit us on the break for the third goal and it was game over.

"The bottom line is that we have got to stop passing the responsibility on and start taking responsibility when we're dealing with situations."

The Wakes will be without holidaying skipper Dan Smith for the next three games.

They are also in action at the JJ Mac Stadium on Wednesday night when they host Premier Division high-flyers Holbeach United in the first round of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.

Daws continued: “They are a big physical side and have been a good team for quite a few years.

“We going to need to be at the top of our game, but we do a lot better at home and hopefully the support will spur us on.”


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