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FOOTBALL: Delight for Middleton as plans are well executed

'The perfect day' produced a maximum return for Bourne Town.

Kev Elger, Reece Driscoll and Josh Randall were on target in the Wakes' 3-0 win at Burton Park Wanderers on Saturday.

Rob Middleton
Rob Middleton

Boss Rob Middleton said: "We've done well this season but we had a mini crisis in terms of availability with eight first-team players missing.

"It turned out to be the perfect day as everything put in place for the plan was executed.

"We wanted to make ourselves hard to beat with five at the back and play on the break.

"The bench was full of under-18s and, as the game progressed, we were able to give them first-team experience as well.

"I was really pleased with the first goal as we had worked on set-pieces in the last few weeks.

"It was a difficult surface so we decided to deliver corners hard and low because you couldn't afford to let the ball bounce.

"Elger had gone up for his aerial ability but he ended up flicking the ball into the net with his back to the goal!

"We hit the crossbar a few times and created more chances so we could have been further in front.

"We had a scare at the start of the second half then settled back into the game.

"Driscoll got a wonder strike from 25 yards and Randall produced a neat finish from a one-on-one.

"I can't praise the players enough and it was a fantastic day for the whole club."

Bourne remain 12th in the Future Lions United Counties League Division One ahead of two home games over the Easter weekend.

They face Irchester United on Saturday and Harrowby United on Bank Holiday Monday.

Middleton added: "I understand that the league put on these fixtures to gain revenue for clubs but I think it's farcical.

"At the same time, you have got remember we are amateurs and we've got families.

"I don't agree with having two bank holiday games and I think it's embarrassing that the league expect us to put out a side twice in 48 hours.

"We'll have to regroup then have a quick turnaround."


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