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Bourne Town host Clifton All Whites in a United Counties League Division One match at the JJ Mac Stadium

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Wakes boss Steve Wilson wants to see his side start showing a ruthless streak ahead of a crunch clash on Saturday.

Bourne host a Clifton All Whites side at the JJ Mac Stadium with both teams locked on eight points in the United Counties League Division One table.

The Nottinghamshire side are one place above the Wakes in 19th spot by virtue of goal difference after Bourne suffered two heavy away losses in the past week.

Bourne boss Steve Wilson.
Bourne boss Steve Wilson.

They were beaten 4-0 at Kirby Muxloe last Saturday before losing 5-1 at second-placed Aylestone Park on Tuesday night.

Despite the final margins of the defeats, manager Wilson felt the scorelines weren't a true reflection of the contests.

He said: "You look at the two games and it sounds horrendous but I'm not seeing it like that.

"We have to start taking some chances because we are making them.

"We've created quite a few one-on-ones but haven't taken them so we're finding ourselves 1-0 down when we should be two or three up.

"It is getting beyond a joke because teams are taking their chances against us and, when that's happening, it is a recipe for disaster.

"The players have got to look at themselves and take responsibility for putting the ball into the back of the net.

"We have just got to keep plugging away and I'm sure that we will turn the corner sooner or later because I've still got faith in the group and we have shown great spirit in some games."

Bourne had taken a fifth minute lead at Aylestone on Tuesday night when Josh Hales put them ahead.

However, Aylestone hit back strongly to score four goals in the opening period before sealing their win after the interval with a fifth.

Wilson added: "It was a funny game because we took the lead early on and, sometimes when you're watching matches, you think teams are hurting you.

"They didn't really do that to us though. Their first two goals were shots that were blocked and then fell to their players to tap in.

"They got a couple more goals and we went in at half-time 4-1 down, but I didn't really know what to say to the lads because you would normally give them a rollicking after a scoreline like that but I felt we had actually been quite good.

"We were always in the game in the second half and it was a strange one to call overall."

The Wakes had trailed by a solitary strike at half-time in Saturday's match at Kirby Muxloe who then scored a further three times without reply in the second period.

Goalkeeper John Swales. (52271672)
Goalkeeper John Swales. (52271672)

Bourne had fallen behind midway through the opening half when Tyler Love tucked Roman Watson-Quilter's pass past Jacob Crosby in the Bourne goal.

The Wakes then enjoyed their best spell of the game as Ollie Troth went close to equalising before Aaron Warrener rattled the crossbar.

The equaliser proved elusive for Bourne though and Kirby doubled their lead four minutes into the second half when Lucca Watson-Quilter this time provided the pass for Daniel Barber to score.

The match was then put beyond Bourne on the hour mark when Tom Palmer was penalised for a foul in the box and Lucca Watson-Quilter gave Crosby no chance with the resultant spot kick.

Kirby then completed the scoring with just over 20 minutes remaining when substitutes Kyle Tott and Adam Parry combined for the latter to score just 60 seconds after being introduced to the action.

Wilson commented: "We went in at half-time 1-0 down, but we've had two one-on-ones with their goalkeeper and also hit the crossbar.

"With a little bit more quality, we could have been coming in winning 3-1.

"They have then scored a second goal within a couple of minutes of half-time and we didn't know if it wasn't over the line or not.

"We couldn't tell from where we were but the referee has given it and it's just killed the second half when we were in the game.

"It was soul-destroying because every bit of bad luck going seems to be coming our way at the moment."

That run of misfortune could also be carried into Saturday's match against Clifton who have started to find form after a slow start to the season.

They picked up just two points from their opening 10 games but have won two of their last three matches having boosted their playing ranks by acquiring a number of newcomers from the nearby university.

Wilson said: "That's coincided with their recent run of results so they are probably in a false position to what they really are.

"It probably just typical of our luck again that we didn't play them earlier in the season."

Bourne will be without both Corey Newman and Harry Fitzjohn on Saturday but are hopeful of welcoming back goalkeeper John Swales from injury.

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