Bourne managerial duo warn players: 'Get fit or miss out'
Bourne Town are making up for lost time in terms of their own players' fitness, according to joint managers Nathan Arnold and Simon Daws.
A few home truths were spelled out in the dressing room after a second league defeat in a row at the JJ Mac Stadium.
But the task facing the Wakes promises to be even tougher as they face successive away trips to Melton Town on Saturday, followed by Whittlesey Athletic next Wednesday and Irchester United three days later.
Daws said: "We're still not fit and we're still playing catch-up, something that was obvious last Saturday when we lost to Long Buckby.
"I think we've made a few steps from Saturday because we got ourselves back in the game against Harrowby.
"But we just didn't have enough to do that bit extra and I was disappointed with the second and third goals they scored.
"It's a local derby and we expect the lads to be up for it because it's got to mean something to them, especially the Bourne lads who are in the side.
"You can't let teams come here and roll you over, but fitness is the key and if you've gota fit body, then you can get around the pitch and get a foot in.
Arnold added: "We knew it was going to be a mini pre-season in September and I said to the lads: 'When we go away from here, think about your lifestyle'.
"If you have to make sacrifices to fast-track your fitness then you've got to do all you can, otherwise you won't play.
"That's where we are at the minute and while identifying that we've had a tough start, it was just the desire and getting about the park where I don't think we were sustainable and consistent enough.
"We had it in spells but when you're not fit, you start making the wrong decisions and maybe Harrowby were brighter to the ball and sharper all over the pitch.
"It was good too live it because then I can measure where things are at as well."
Bourne hope to have new signings, ex-Deeping Rangers midfielder Chris Hibbitt and Spalding United defender Josh Spencer both in their line-up for Saturday's game at Melton.