Bourne Town face a tough winter at the wrong end of the table
The reality of Bourne Town's struggles at the wrong end of UCL Division One is now crystal clear to manager Simon Daws.
A record of one win in his five games, with seven goals scored and 16 conceded, makes Daws' admittance a month ago that "the honeymoon period is over" all the more obvious.
Not even when Bugbrooke St Michaels were reduced to ten men after Dan Portor was sin-binned for dissent did the Wakes look like scoring.
Daws said: "We huffed and puffed but they took the two chances.
"I didn't think that we created too many clear-cut chances and while we had our moments, with spells in the game when we were probably on top, Bugbrooke were a well-drilled side and they knew what they were doing, especially in the first half.
"They conned the referee into giving them some free kicks, with their players going down on every occasion.
"But I always thought their player was going to shoot on the third free kick they had after he'd put two decent balls in during the first half.
"We set up with five at the back and three in midfield because we knew they would put a lot of balls into the box.
"At half time, we got our players would up but I just think that we needed a bit of the rub of the green.
"It keeps going away from us and it'll take something simple to turn it around like a fluke goal or something."
It was another frustrating game for Wakes' showpiece signing Julian Joachim who had few opportunities to turn back the clock and show some of the quality that saw him score a total of 133 goals in 16 years as a professional footballer.
"Julian always puts an arm around the players and speaks to them, saying 'Try this next time' or 'do this', Daws said.
"His experience is massive to us and even on Saturday, he's still got his touch and brings people in to the game.
"Julian creates opportunities as we keep giving different lads a go and trying different things to see what happens.
"There's a lot to work with and I've got lots of options as I'm not short of players.
"I just think we need a little bit more quality to shore the job up and go forward.
"But finding a couple of quality players is the key."
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