Bourne Town beaten by UCL Division One leaders Long Buckby
Simon Daws is staying positive after an improved performance in Bourne Town's sixth consecutive loss.
The Wakes went down to Division One runaway leaders Long Buckby on Saturday as Josh Randall scored a late reply.
Daws said: "The supporters tell me that the performance was better and this was the best they have seen us play so that's encouraging.
"We expected Long Buckby to throw everything at us so we went with the 5-3-2 formation and coped really well.
"Their movement was very good with midfield runners and they finally got a way through.
"They got down the left wing and found space for a cross which the forward smashed into the net.
"We had a few chances and good moments before then and we could sense from their bench that our spells were making them feel quite concerned.
"They weren't happy until the first goal went in and it lifted them to play better.
"The second goal came right on half-time which was disappointing because we had been in the game.
"We went out for the second half to have a right go at them and we traded blows.
"It was pretty even until we changed to 4-4-2 midway through the second half then Long Buckby got a third goal.
"Seb Hood was elbowed when he went up for the ball so he had to come off as a precaution because his face was swelling up.
"The fourth goal was a penalty for handball when it was blasted from five yards away. Some referees wouldn't have given it.
"We kept going right to the end and we didn't give up.
"We are staying positive because we just need a spark or the rub of the green.
"I would love to see us get in front and give ourselves something to fight for.
"There are fine margins and I don't think we are far away from getting the right results.
"We've had a tough run of games with another one at home to Melton Town next Saturday.
"We have come through this spell with our heads up to give ourselves a chance."