FOOTBALL: Positives for Wakes boss in deadlock
The future looks bright for Bourne Town, according to boss Rob Middleton.
He was full of praise for the positive performances of younger players as the Wakes fought out a goalless draw on Saturday.
Middleton picked out Lewis Russell, Josh Randall and Ben Moss for 'stepping up to the plate' following suspensions and injuries to the squad.
He said: "It's not a bad point as we've kept a bit of daylight between ourselves and those teams below us in the league table.
"I felt we were the better team but we missed a lot of chances - including three one-on-ones - and Birstall's keeper pulled off a couple of saves as well.
"We are not scoring goals at the moment and the ball won't go in for us right now.
"The performance was so promising in pretty difficult conditions and we dug in by working hard.
"It bodes well for next season with those young lads coming in.
"Russell had a solid game up front by holding the ball and making life difficult for the defenders.
"Randall consistently beat the full-back and put balls into the box but we didn't get on the end of them.
"Moss was another positive at right-back to keep a clean sheet.
"Kev Elger was also solid at centre-half and Ant Murphy didn't have much to do apart from one save in the first half and a few crosses.
"Since the start of this season, we've put in a lot of work to make sure we're not in a relegation battle.
"We don't want to lose any ground in the table over the next month."
After nine games without a win, Bourne are back home on Saturday against Rushden & Higham United.
The Lankies are one place and five points in front of Middleton's men.
He added: "It will be pretty much the same as the Birstall game so we'll need to dig in and work hard again.
"We are showing strength of character to keep going. We need that mentality for the rest of the season.
"Sooner rather than later, we'll get a win and score a hatful of goals because we are creating enough chances."