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FOOTBALL: Porter 'pleased with the pressure, intensity and work-rate'

Craig Rook
Craig Rook

Craig Rook’s long-range double earned three points for Bourne Town.

The midfielder marked his return from Peterborough Northern Star with a goal in each half on Saturday.

The Wakes made a perfect start at Rushden & Higham United thanks to Rook’s early effort.

He doubled the lead just past the hour mark and, although the Lankies pulled one back late on, Bourne held on.

Joint boss Leigh Porter said: “It’s a good starting point for us but we must remember this is only the first game.

“We’ll see developments and improvements ongoing during the season.

“The biggest thing was the character of the squad. Everyone dug deep for 90 minutes and did everything right all over the pitch.

“It was a strong start as we looked confident on the ball.

“Rook showed his quality by hitting the target from a free-kick 10 yards outside the box.

“The second goal was even more pleasing than the first, even though it was completely different.

“The ball was played out wide again where we looked a threat and we pressed high to force them back to the keeper.

“He rushed the kick which allowed Rook to take a couple of touches before hitting a long-range shot into the net.

“We had lots of possession and we wanted to keep the ball in those conditions.

“I was very pleased with the pressure, intensity and work-rate.

“Rushden & Higham are a solid, experienced side so we knew it would be a good test. This was an indication of where we are now because they finished one place and one point above us last season.

“They scored with about 10 minutes to go which made it a bit different when we could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up in the first half.

“The players did what we asked them to do in terms of commitment and effort. It was a solid performance.

“We still haven’t achieved anything yet but we can look forward to the first home game of the season on Saturday.

“We expect Lutterworth Athletic to play a similar way to Rushden & Higham. Hopefully we’ll get a good crowd to see what we are trying to do here.”

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