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Rob Middleton felt "everything came together" as Bourne Town earned a first success since January.

The Wakes ended a run of nine games without a win by coming from behind to beat mid-table rivals Rushden & Higham United at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday.

Tom Cardall cancelled out the Lankies' opener, Dan Smith put the home side ahead and Zak Munton converted a penalty to seal three points.

Bourne Town v Rushden & Higham United
Bourne Town v Rushden & Higham United

Bourne boss Middleton said: "It was a relief but I felt quietly confident that a win was coming after good performances in the last couple of games.

"Right from the start, everything came together for us again.

"Injuries and suspensions have given game time and first-team experience for some of the younger lads to step up.

"Rushden had a big target man who was difficult to handle and they went 1-0 up.

"Apart from Munton, we didn't have a natural striker so we put Cardall up front for a role which he has done previously.

"He's a strong lad with a bit of pace but it was a gamble.

"He got the equaliser from chasing the ball like a battering ram. He got the rewards by bulldozing his way through and scrambling the ball over the line.

"At half-time, we made a few tweaks and we created enough second-half chances to score six times.

"Smith scored following a free-kick and Munton smashed in the penalty to take away a bit of pressure at 2-1.

"We could bring on Ollie Troth up front and Matt Bills had a solid game at left-back in a first-half reshuffle after Ben Moss came off injured."

Victory lifted Bourne two points behind Rushden & Higham.

The Wakes are back home on Saturday against top-of-the-table Lutterworth Town.

Munton's double put Bourne 2-1 up in the first half at Kong Park in September but the Leicestershire side finished with double figures.

Middleton added: "It's going to be difficult but we're looking forward to it.

"We've given ourselves a bit of breathing space and there might be a few players coming back into the squad as well.

"Lutterworth are coming here with all the pressure on them."


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