Away win for Bourne pleases joint manager Daws after 'difficult pre-season'
Bourne Town joint manager Simon Daws senses a change in fortunes may lie ahead for Bourne after a character-building win Sileby Rangers.
Tom Russell took full advantage of Jake Mason's withdrawal through injury before the match, scoring a goal in each half to help bank the three points for the Wakes.
After an unpromising pre-season for Daws and managerial partner Nathan Arnold, Saturday's win has continued the feel-good factor brought on by the signings of ex-Pinchbeck United defender Jamie Gaukroger and defender Cameron Baldock-Smith, a Lincolnshire FA Under-16 Cup winner with Deeping Rangers in 2017.
Daws said: "It was a tough game but we started off well and had a good 25 minutes to 30 minutes when we went 1-0 up through Tom Russell.
"He was put in behind Sileby's defence by Jamie Gaukroger, then raced clear of the centre halves before tucking his goal away past the keeper.
"Then Sileby came back at us and for the last 15 minutes of the first half, they were on top and got a deserved equaliser ten minutes before half-time.
"We got the players in at half-time and tweaked a few things ahead of what was a good, competitive second half.
"Halfway through it, Tom scored again when the ball fell to him in the box and although he was forced quite wide, Tom came up with another good finish as he wrong-footed the keeper.
"I was pleased for him because Tom wasn't down to start the game, but Jake Mason pulled out with a calf problem and so Tom was his replacement.
"He came in and did a really good job, scoring the two goals and giving us a bit of a headache for Saturday when Jake comes back for what'll be a tough home game for us against Long Buckby."
Daws admitted that his side were treating the first month of league games as a "mini pre-season to catch up on where we want to be".
"It's nice to start with a win away from home after last season when we struggled," Daws said.
"Pre-season has been difficult for us, but Nathan has come in with his contacts and we've worked really hard to bring people in.
"Having Jamie and Cameron in has livened the placed up and the competition for shirts is just what we needed.
"All of a sudden things are happening for us but we've got to be for ready for Long Buckby on Saturday because I think we're still behind in fitness terms."
After the game, Russell told Bourne Town FC's social media page: "I thought the team worked really well and I thought we all worked really hard for each other.
"I was glad to get the goals and be selfless for the team, we all get on really well and it's really pleasing to see."
BOURNE TOWN: Eatough, Baldock-Smith, Fowler, Horton, Moss, Lock, Gaukroger (sub Worgan), Rook (sub Mason), Russell, Cummings, Hamza (sub Stainfield).Subs not used: Fisher, Newman.