Bourne Town beaten again in UCL Division One
Bourne Town must get back to basics after a third successive defeat, according to manager Simon Daws.
The Wakes have conceded 14 goals in four games since the 1-0 win at Lutterworth Athletic which started Daws' spell in charge.
Julian Joachim was on target in Saturday's loss to Rushden & Higham United.
Daws admitted: "The most disappointing thing was how we conceded the first goal.
"We had spoken to the lads about this scenario even before they went out to kick a ball.
"We didn't want to allow people to get crosses in.
"Rushden had a free-kick in the centre circle and the left-back was free when one of our forwards should have stood in between the defenders.
"Instead, he got on the ball and put it into the box for a free header.
"It was similar to goals which we've conceded in the previous two games and we had talked about it.
"From a manager's point of view, the players are either not listening or they are not understanding what I'm saying.
"We need to get those basics right.
"When the opposition score, our heads drop. We talked at half-time about getting back into the game but then we went 2-0 down.
"Then we lifted ourselves again and we thought we had a chance at 2-1. We seemed to be on top.
"But they caught us with a breakaway goal from our attack when the right-back knocked the ball into the channel and the forward put it past our keeper.
"It was game over at that stage and Rushden got a fourth goal.
"We've got a lot to work on. In the first two games, we showed spirit and determination but a couple of defeats have affected us.
"I've got a big job now to pick the lads up and try to give them a bit more confidence.
"We are back home next Saturday against Bugbrooke St Michaels so hopefully we'll get good support.
"The players must give us 100 per cent and cut out those basic mistakes to give ourselves a chance of a positive result. Teams will be picking up on those errors."
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