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FOOTBALL: Wakes boss planning for next season

Rob Middleton believes Bourne Town's squad can push for the top six if they stick together this summer.

The Wakes finished in 13th following Saturday's draw at fourth-placed Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Josh Randall put them ahead just before the break and Bourne held on for a point in the second period.

Rob Middleton
Rob Middleton

Middleton said: "We've got to be happy, although we didn't take full advantage of the wind in the first half.

"We decided to push people forward with three up front and we should have added a couple of goals.

"Their keeper pulled off some good saves and we had the better chances on the break in the second half as well.

"The equaliser was a strange one as it seemed to be a looping cross into the wind and the ball trickled over the line off the far post.

"We lost Jake Mason and Jack Botterill to injuries then we took off Reece Driscoll to protect him after a booking.

"We finished the game with a few players who made the transition this season from the reserves and under-18s.

"We were under pressure in our own half but we carried on battling.

"Zak Munton slipped through a couple of times and he also had a penalty shout.

"We had clear-cut chances in the second half when we changed the shape to 4-5-1.

"At the start of the season, the instruction was to keep Bourne in the UCL so we've achieved that.

"I think this group of players can finish higher if we get a good pre-season together.

"If we had turned a few draws into wins, we could have finished seventh this season.

"We should be aiming for the top six next time by making sure we don't drop points against teams around us or lower down the table.

"We've shown we can beat teams who have bigger budgets and sit higher in the league.

"I want to carry on the work which we have put in place so I'll sit down with the committee to make sure they are happy going into next season.

"We were looking in a bit of trouble at the start but we changed things around pretty quickly.

"We've got a good squad here when everyone is fit and available."


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