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Bourne boss: 'Nathan Arnold has been great for us'

Bourne Town have endured a tough start to their Uhlsport United Counties League Division One season and are currently in 16th place with nine points on board.

The Wakes suffered a three-point deduction after fielding an ineligible player in their 1-0 win at Melton Town.

It’s also been a difficult season for Bourne as a lack of momentum has stopped them going on any real kind of winning run during the season.

Bourne Town manager Simon Daws.
Bourne Town manager Simon Daws.

The Wakes did start the season with a 2-1 win at Sileby Rangers, but tough losses followed at Whittlesey Athletic and at home to Harrowby United.

But manager Simon Daws remains optimistic and he said: “It’s been a decent start to this season. We’ve had some good results but this has also been mixed in with some not so great results as well.

“The problem we’ve had is that with COVID-19, we’ve struggled to gain any momentum in this season.

“It really does make you question whether all the work you put into a season is worth it and you question whether we’re going to complete this season at all.

“I can personally see it stopping again as I think it seems worse now than before. Every other week there is someone who has to self-isolate and that’s also affecting us as a team and squad.

“The professional players can obviously keep on going, but you’ve seen with them that they’re struggling with injuries.

“But it’s going to be worse with us as we’re not professionals, we’re amateurs and we have to work during the week as well, so it affects our everyday lives.

“During lockdown, we’ve had the pleasure of having (joint manager) Nathan Arnold doing some Zoom fitness sessions for all of the squad. It’s better than doing nothing and it keeps fitness levels up a bit. Nathan’s been great all season and it was a brilliant coup for us both on and off the pitch getting him.

“He was really starting to show his quality for us and scored a brilliant goal against Bugbrooke St Michaels, which was a good point for us.

“It’s just such a shame that we can’t carry on now because we were really starting to gain a bit of confidence.”

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