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Bourne joint manager calls Vase exit to Loughborough University a 'kick up the backside'




A home defeat for Bourne Town in the second round qualifying of the Buildbase FA Vase "puts into perspective where we are", according to Wakes' joint manager Simon Daws.

In a game of few chances for the home side at the JJ Mac Stadium, Loughborough University showed their status as an Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division side with a display of control, precision and tempo that stretched Bourne all afternoon.

Ultimately, two goals in each half shared between striker Tope Fadahunsi and Scholars' captain Ronan Silva was enough to ensure their side's second conquest of a south Lincolnshire side in successive rounds, having previously beaten Holbeach United 5-1 in first round qualifying three weeks ago.

Bourne Town's Keiron Cummings competes with Loughborough University's Ben Le Rougetel for the ball in the second round qualifying of the Buildbase FA Vase at the JJ Mac Stadium.Photo by Alan Walters.
Bourne Town's Keiron Cummings competes with Loughborough University's Ben Le Rougetel for the ball in the second round qualifying of the Buildbase FA Vase at the JJ Mac Stadium.Photo by Alan Walters.

Daws said: "The tempo and pace they played at, with their ability, was second to none and almost like a professional side really.

"You've got to aim for heights and I'm sure that's one of the heights we're bidding to aim for.

"It showed our weaknesses, as well as the strengths, but they were good all round, zipped the ball around and they had quality.

"We probably didn't press them enough and gave them too much space.

"It's difficult to press individually but if you're all at it as a team, you can make life difficult for the opposition.

"If we could have nicked a goal, it would have made it more interesting but I think they just had a bit too much for us on the day.

"It puts into perspective where we are in that we're three games unbeaten in the league, but let's not get carried away.

"There's a lot of work to do yet and it gives us a kick up the backside to use as a platform and stepping stone to go on again.

"We weren't kind to the lads and we let them know what our deficiencies were and that we're not happy with it.

"Nobody likes to go out of the Vase, it's a great competition to be in, but I'm sure it'll give us the next rung on the ladder to build from.

"We were a bit off it if we're honest, but we're due a rest after a tough week and we probably need a few additions to the squad just to strengthen us."



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