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Bourne Town boss delighted by 'great reaction'

Doubles from Jake Mason and Tom Russell ended Bourne Town's three-month wait for a home win.

The Wakes had not picked up maximum points at the JJ Mac Stadium since a 4-3 victory over next weekend's opponents Raunds Town.

They repeated the scoreline against Rushden & Higham United on Saturday.

Manager Simon Daws felt they deserved the victory - despite being forced to hold on nervously at the end.

He said: "We set about the job and really meant it from the start.

"It was good to have Jake back as a focal point and a presence up front.

"He hasn't been available since I've been in charge as he had disappeared shortly before I arrived.

"We've talked him around to playing here again.

"He's a big strong lad who gives others more space to play around him.

"We were 2-1 up at half-time after being 1-0 down and then we conceded a penalty straight away in the second half.

"At 2-2 we are thinking about what might happen next but the reaction was great.

"We went 4-2 up and gave away a dubious penalty which meant we had to see it through in the last five minutes.

"When you haven't won for a while, the pressure is on.

"We could have scored more goals earlier as we had created chances.

"Jake was denied by two great saves when we put the ball into the six-yard box.

"It has been too long for a home win but this result lifts us five points above Sileby Rangers and all of a sudden there is a little gap appearing.

"Now we've got to build on this win and add some points at Raunds next Saturday.

"Another win would boost our confidence again and we will become a better side."

Following the trip to Kiln Park, Bourne have a hat-trick of home games - starting with the rearranged derby against Blackstones on January 14.

At the midway stage of the season, the Wakes remain 18th in the table but victory would put them one point behind Raunds who have three games in hand.

The Shopmates have also suffered three successive home defeats and face third-placed Melton Town on Tuesday night.

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