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Bourne get reality check from clinical Long Buckby

Bourne Town were brought back down to earth after opening the season with an away win, running into a clinical Long Buckby side at the JJ Mac Stadium.

Wakes joint manager Simon Daws conceded that his side were "lulled into a false sense of security" by beating Sileby Rangers the previous weekend.

But after the Bucks scored early with a long range effort from Adam Shaw that dipped over home keeper Nick Eatough, the visitors struck again before half time when Haim Halim's low shot somehow got through the Bourne keeper.

Bourne Town v Long Buckby at the JJ Mac Stadium. Photo by Alan Walters. (42234599)
Bourne Town v Long Buckby at the JJ Mac Stadium. Photo by Alan Walters. (42234599)

Max Proudlock scored a third goal on the break and Bradley Harris made it four for the visitors with 12 minutes left.

Daws said: "Long Buckby were a good side and we knew it was going to be tough.

"I think we were lulled into a false sense of security, having got a win the previous week, and we probably expected too much.

"We got off to a bright start but they scored with a speculative shot from outside the box that looped over a crowd of players, clipped the crossbar and dropped in the net.

"We didn't really recover from that and then before half time, the goalkeeper let a shot go through his body which you would expect him to stop.

"In the second half, they knocked the ball about, picked us off and just waited for their opportunities."

Bourne's starting line-up included ex-Spalding United player George Stainfield, Notts County under-18s attacker Kieran Cummings and former Wakes' playmaker George Couzens who is dual-registered with Spalding.

Daws said: "George started at right back and he had a lot of work to do because they had an overlapping left back who was very good in wide areas.

"Kieran made a few appearances for us last season when he also played for Melton Town.

"He has a lot of pace and a rasping shot on him.

"Scott Lock went off after pulling his hamstring and we're not sure whether it'll be a long-term injury.

"It's disappointing because he's a player we brought out of the reserves, got him fit and he looks very good.

"We lined up with seven players who were aged 20 and under, so people need to get that in perspective."

Bourne host Harrowby United at the JJ Mac Stadium on Tuesday night when joint manager Nathan Arnold is expected to feature.

Daws said: "It's a big game for us and we've got a chance to put things right against Harrowby.

"But having beaten them at the end of last season, they'll be after revenge and if our players aren't up for it, Harrowby will get it."

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