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Bourne Town have appointed Steve Wilson as their new manager

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Returning boss Steve Wilson admitted he will always have a soft spot for Bourne Town after re-taking the helm at the United Counties League club.

Wilson enjoyed a successful spell at the Abbey Lawn in his previous tenure before departing in 2016 for Peterborough Northern Star.

He spent two-and-a-half seasons with Star before stepping down in May of last year and now rejoins the Wakes following the recent departure of Nathan Arnold.

Steve Wilson has returned as Bourne Town manager.
Steve Wilson has returned as Bourne Town manager.

Wilson said: “I have always had a soft spot for Bourne. It was my first managerial job and it went well when I was there last time.

“I have always gone back there to watch games when I had a free Saturday because it is such a friendly club.

“There are some great people who volunteer at the club and work so hard and there is a real community feel about the place.”

Wilson has started to put his plans in place for the Wakes who learned late last month that they would be staying in the United Counties League.

The club had initially been placed in the Eastern Counties League but were returned to their roots following a successful appeal which Wilson admitted had stalled their preparations for the new campaign.

He continued: “We are getting there a bit now.

“It has been hard because we didn’t know what league we were going to be put in.

“Some players were not prepared to do the travelling if we went into the Eastern Counties League so it was hard talking to players until we knew what was happening.

“It was a late decision so we are already playing catch-up and that might be the case until Christmas.

“The recruitment is starting to take shape though and in the past week we have made big in-roads into it.

“Obviously knowing what league we are now in made the biggest difference.

“We are still talking to players and still trying to get some in but we are going in the right direction so, touch wood, by the time the season starts we will be there or thereabouts.

“It has been hard work but I’m sure that we will get there.

“The club have been great and we’ve got a brilliant sponsor in JJ Mac. We will all stick together, walk the same route and hopefully it all comes good for the season.”

Bourne had their first pre-season outing on Saturday when they went down to a 6-1 defeat against higher level Northern Premier League Midlands Division side Spalding United.

Craig Rook was on target for the Wakes with former Peterborough United ace Marcus Maddison among the goalscorers for the Tulips.

Wilson added: “It’s never a great score to lose 6-1 but, when you look at it and going in depth, it wasn’t that bad.

“We gave them a couple of goals simply because it was our first game together and we haven’t had many training sessions.

“There was a bit of a lack of understanding which cost us so, when you take that away, we did alright.”

The Wakes make the trip to face Pinchbeck United this weekend with Saturday’s game kicking off at 1pm at Knight Street.

Bourne’s United Counties League season is due to start on Saturday, August 7, with the Wakes travelling to Borrowash Victoria in their opening game.

Blackstones begin with a home match against Belper United.

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