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Manager Steve Wilson feels Bourne Town's home test with high-flying Radford this weekend will give his side the chance to see if they can compete with the leading lights in the United Counties League Division One.

The Wakes go into the clash at the JJ Mac Stadium on the back of a four-match unbeaten run which has yielded eight points.

However, they face a second-placed visiting side on Saturday who were on a club record nine-game winning streak before last weekend's surprise defeat against Borrowash Victoria.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320673)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320673)

Wilson said: "We are still work in progress but we are improving, especially after how we started the season to where we are now.

"I'm still quite pleased with the way that we're going compared to a couple of months or so ago.

"I am happy with the lads because they look a lot better. Training has been good because we haven't had a chance to do much of that with so many midweek games.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320629)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320629)

"We've had complements from many opposition teams in recent weeks who feel we are in a false position.

"But the league table doesn't lie so I don't think we are. We've had injuries and availability issues that have taken its toll which is why we are down there.

"It's no coincidence that we've nearly had full squads for the past four or five games and it's been a lot better.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320628)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320628)

"If the season was starting now, we'd easily be halfway up the table because we're in a better place, both mentally and physically, which has been proved by the results.

"We had been poor because of availability and injuries but now we're playing these top sides it will test how far we are behind them.

"It's a challenge that we have to accept and take on and see where we are at."

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320627)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320627)

The Nottinghamshire side are bringing a coach of travelling supporters for Saturday's clash with Bourne who were again well-supported in last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Barrow Town.

And boss Wilson is hoping the Wakes' fans will again turn out in force as they look to continue their revival.

He added: "Radford are bringing a bus-load of fans which will make for a good crowd and a good atmosphere.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320626)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320626)

"We had another good crowd on Saturday and Bourne is a nice place to play.

"We get good backing from the fans which doesn't go unnoticed by the players as we've often spoken about it when we've got into the changing rooms after games so hopefully they will turn out again on Saturday and get behind us."

Bourne go into the contest after a 1-1 home draw with Barrow Town on Saturday.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320637)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320637)

Manager Wilson felt being disappointed at only earning a point was a mark of Bourne's recent progress.

Danny Miller's first half opener was cancelled out after the break as Bourne stretched their unbeaten run to four games against a Barrow side who came into the contest on the back of three successive victories.

Wilson said: "It was what you would call a game of two halves. We were the better side by a long way in the first half and controlled it.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320636)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320636)

"The only disappointing thing was that we didn't go in the break more than 1-0 up because they were the better side in the second half.

"It's easy to be critical and say that we took our foot off the gas, but you have to give them credit for coming out and playing better.

"They made a couple of changes and switched their shape which worked but, although they had a lot of the ball in the second half, I didn't feel we were in trouble.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320635)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320635)

"I was quite comfortable with it so it was one of those games where, if don't win the game, then you have to make sure you don't lose it.

"It was disappointing to only get a draw really after the way we had played in the first half, but that shows how far we have come.

"We would have been thankful for a draw a while ago but we wanted a little bit more out of it."

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320634)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320634)

Bourne were the better side in the opening period but only had one goal to show for their efforts as they worked their way into some good positions but didn't create clear-cut chances.

Corey Newman had clipped the crossbar from a free-kick after a rampaging run from Miller who was felled just outside the area.

Miller then headed the Wakes in front when he converted a cross from James Gordon for an advantage that they held until half-time.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320633)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320633)

Barrow were much improved after the break and equalised with 14 minutes remaining when a clearancce on the edge of the box by Jordan Holmes who drove his shot into the bottom of the Bourne net.

Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320632)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320632)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320631)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320631)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320630)
Bourne Town drew 1-1 at home to Barrow Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (53320630)


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