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FOOTBALL: Double delight for Bourne Town youngster

Teenage talent Lewis Russell struck twice on his first-team debut for Bourne Town.

Top scorer Zak Munton also got a double, including a penalty, at Huntingdon Town on Saturday.

Jake Mason claimed four assists and a goal as the Wakes took their tally to eight points from four league games since Christmas.

Rob Middleton
Rob Middleton

Boss Rob Middleton said: "We made hard work of it and Huntingdon have dramatically improved with a few signings.

"We weren't expecting an easy game and we just weren't at it during the first half, even though we took the lead twice.

"I was really disappointed with what we produced after setting higher standards since Boxing Day.

"Huntingdon put us under a lot of pressure with attacking football and we were lucky to be level at half-time.

"Their shape caused us problems so we tweaked a few things.

"We got a reaction with the second-half performance as the players took on board what we wanted them to do.

"We started to look more comfortable at 4-2 with 10 minutes to go but we were a bit worried again when they scored a third goal.

"They kept coming back at us but we caught them on the break twice in the first half and right at the end.

"Huntingdon threw everything forward and mixed it up with good football and more direct stuff. But they left themselves short at the back.

"The changes worked for us, particularly when we were forced to bring on 19-year-old Lewis after 20 minutes as Reece Driscoll came off.

"He showed maturity on his first-team debut. It was a bit of a gamble from our perspective because we had only seen him in training.

"We had a chat on Thursday about his favourite position as I knew he had been playing well for the reserves.

"Lewis is the fifth young player to go from the reserves into first-team football so far this season which is pleasing for the club."

Bourne are back home on Saturday against St Andrews who have struck seven times in each of their last two games.

Middleton added: "We seem to always play teams when they are improving, signing players and climbing the table!"


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