Bourne 'unlucky' to lose narrowly at home, claims manager Daws
Bourne Town manager Simon Daws felt his side deserves a draw against St Andrews at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday.
Creditable performances from Rares Demeter, back in the Wakes' side after a knee ligament problem, defender Kev Elger and midfielder Kai Willerton, as well as substitutes Dan Richards and Tom Cardell, were little of consolation after a game where the home side had chances to take a point.
Daws said: "We were unlucky because, on the balance of play, I think we deserved a point.
"The game could have gone either way, although we probably had more chances than them.
"But we failed to convert them and then they scored with about 15 minutes to go when a long ball was played over the top.
"With the wind against him, our goalkeeper Garry Doran has made the initial save from a shot.
"But he's pushed the ball out and their lad has got onto it to put it in.
"It was a tough game but compared to last week's performance at Aylestone Park, I was pleased with the lads.
"They put a massive effort in and when we got back into the changing rooms after the match, we wondered how we hadn't got anything out of it.
"We were really pushing for an equaliser towards the end of the game and I was pleased with the performance.
"St Andrews had three lively forwards who were very big and physical.
"But we competed with them really well and our back four had a really good game.
"It was nip and tuck all afternoon and although St Andrews played a lot of good football, we worked hard, competed to get a foot in and stopped them in midfield."
The hurt from defeat was softened by a home loss for relegation rivals Huntingdon Town against Holwell Sports, also by by one-goal margin.
Next for Bourne is a trip to Northampton Sileby Rangers on Saturday, opponents who are just three points above the Wakes, although Sileby have two games in hand.
Daws said: "We're mindful that we need to pick up points and while we're not short of numbers, we are short of quality and experience ahead of facing Sileby who have improved massively.
"They have a new manager and 15 players who have signed on recently, so we're expecting a really tough game."
BOURNE TOWN: Doran, Moss, Wilson, Elger, Smith, Botterill, Willerton, Avogo, Demeter, Rook, Randall.Subs: Richards, Cardell, Eatough, Woodward, Hood.
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