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Bourne Town's new boss takes three points in basement battle

Simon Daws set a Christmas target for Bourne Town after a winning start.

The Wakes' new manager guided them off the bottom of the table thanks to a single strike from Josh Randall.

He volleyed home at the far post from Rares Dementer's inswinging left-wing cross around the half-hour mark on Saturday.

Bourne's first league win of the season sent them above Lutterworth Athletic.

Daws said: "It's a good start in a six-pointer because we didn't want a gap down there.

"I was really pleased that the players worked very hard.

"Before we went out, the main message was to give 100 per cent. I wanted them to run through brick walls for this result.

"It didn't have to be pretty - we needed those points.

"We created chances and their keeper made a couple of saves.

"We could have scored more goals but we looked tired at the end so we were hanging on at 1-0.

"We condensed the ranks and worked harder to keep our shape for the clean sheet.

"It's evident that the team need to be fitter. I watched them twice before I took the job and fitness levels seemed to be an overriding issue.

"If we are going to compete with the better teams in the league, we need to work on our fitness as well as our positional play.

"I would like to think that we will be out of the mire and halfway up the table before Christmas and that's the aim to reach a position where we can see more of the youngsters at the club."

Daws will take charge at the JJ Mac Stadium for the first time next weekend when Bourne face mid-table Raunds Town.

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