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Bourne manager admits to reaching lowest point in charge after heavy defeat at Aylestone Park




Bourne Town manager Simon Daws described his side's 5-0 defeat at Aylestone Park in Uhlsport United Counties League Division One as his lowest point so far at the club.

The Wakes trailed 1-0 at half-time against the fourth-placed Aylestone Park before a second half goal rush condemned Daws and his side to their fourth defeat in eight league games played this year.

Despite missing eight first team players, Daws felt his side "weren't at it" in the second half as one Bourne's two games in hand over relegation rivals Huntingdon Town yielded no points.

Bourne Town were beaten 5-0 at Aylestone Park on Saturday.Photo by Alan Walters.
Bourne Town were beaten 5-0 at Aylestone Park on Saturday.Photo by Alan Walters.

Daws said: "It was a difficult game given the conditions but, of course, it was the same for both sides.

"We played on their new 3G pitch, but the wind was straight down our faces in the first half and it got worse as the game went on.

"They scored towards the end of the first half and then we thought we'd equalised with two minutes to go in the half.

Bourne Town manager Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier.Photo: SG-051019-030TW.
Bourne Town manager Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier.Photo: SG-051019-030TW.

"There was a shot from outside the box that came off the bar, then Dan Wilson ran in and put the ball in, only for the linesman to wave his flag for offside.

"It was very disappointing but at 1-0 down, we thought we'd got a plan, only to go 3-0 down within ten minutes of the restart.

"We didn't start the second half well at all and they punished when we weren't at the races.

"They were better than us on the day and it was the most down I've felt while I've been at Bourne."

Aylestone Park (red, in action against Blackstones) beat Bourne Town 5-0 on Saturday.Photo by Martin Davies.
Aylestone Park (red, in action against Blackstones) beat Bourne Town 5-0 on Saturday.Photo by Martin Davies.

The pick of Aylestone's goal was a superb 25-yard curling effort by Aaron Preston which was filmed and posted on social media.

Daws confirmed that the artificial pitch was "no excuse" for his players as they train on the surface on Wednesday nights.

"I said to our physio on the way back from the game that it's the most disappointed I've been as manager of the club because, in most weeks, they've given me 110 per cent.

"We've done all we can, with out hands tied, but this week we weren't at it and I really felt the pain after the game."

The Wakes are due back in Leicestershire for a midweek game at 12th-placed Saffron Dynamo on Tuesday.

Daws said: "We have eight first team players out who have been regulars so when we've come up against better sides, we've found it tough.

"I'd rather not play on Tuesday, instead having a training session in the week to see if I can get a couple of players back.

"The last thing we want is to travel to Leicestershire and get another good hiding."


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