Bourne see new signings make a difference in win at Melton
A new-look Bourne Town made sure it was a happy return to Melton Town for two of the Wakes' side on Saturday.
Joint manager Nathan Arnold and midfielder Chris Hibbitt were both instrumental in Bourne's character-filled win at Melton Sports Village that saw them bounce back from a midweek home loss to Harrowby United.
George Couzens slotted home the winner five minutes before half-time when a goalkeeping error by Melton's Quinn Johnson, dropping the ball when attempting a throw-out, gifted the visitors a lead they went on to keep hold of.
It was the Wakes' second away league win in as many weeks and joint manager Simon Daws said: "It was just what we needed and it was a massive win for us.
"We played a 5-4-1 on what was quite a narrow pitch where we knew we'd get a chance at some stage.
"It was a just a matter of taking it and George took that chance in the first half.
"I thought it was a pretty even game where we traded blows with them and so we knew, in the second half, that we'd be put under siege.
"But we had some new lads in the side, including James Leverton who was third choice goalkeeper at Gainsborough Trinity.
"Josh Spencer, from Spalding United, came in for his debut and was superb at the back.
"All round it was a great team performance, with Chris Hibbitt making a great debut for us against his old club.
"He had to go off in the end with cramp, that's how much effort he put in all over the pitch.
"Chris was very aggressive, competitive and very good in the air.
"Jamie Gaukroger came in and played at right wing back where he had a very good game.
"The 5-4-1 formation smothered Melton and they came up against a brick wall."
Bourne play the second of three straight away games at Whittlesey Athletic on Wednesday night, followed by a trip to Irchester United on Saturday.
Daws said: "It'll be a big game on Wednesday against Whittlesey who are a big, physical side.
"But we've played really well away from home and if we can put another six points on the board, it'll give us confidence to play at home where we've had good crowds turning up to watch us play.
"We're determined to get it right and if we can get three or four points out of these next two games, it'll lift the players' confidence."
5-4-1: Leverton; Gaukroger (sub Stainfield, 80 mins), Horton, Spencer, Baldock-Smith, Cardell; Arnold, Hibbitt (sub Russell, 85 mins), Rook (sub Dunn, 45 mins), Cummings; Couzens.Subs not used: Eatough, Moss.