Bourne Town kicked off their pre-season programme in perfect fashion on Saturday, hitting visitors Stilton for six in a thumping at the Abbey Lawn.
It’s been a while since Bourne fans have seen their side hit six goals so it was not a bad start to new manager Rafa Mazzarella’s reign.
The Wakes played some good football in their first outing of the season with some nice one touch passing and movement to get the better of the opposition.
Bourne scored through Cardin Pierre-Liverpool, Craig Rook, Jezz Goldson-Williams, Joe Bull, Scott Spearink and Tom Cardall.
Mazzarella said: “It was quite close for a while but we had a good 20 minute spell in the second half and we blew them away. It was a really pleasing result.”
However, on Tuesday they came back to earth with a 2-1 loss to Riverside.
One of the new faces at Bourne, Jezz Goldson-Williams scored the Bourne goal from the penalty spot.
Mazzarella said: “We were unlucky not to get something in the end. They only really had one attack in the second half and scored from it.”
But Rafa believes he is now in a much better position to make decisions over his squad and expects to be ready for the fast-approaching start of the new league campaign.
Mazzarella said: “Both games so far have proved useful for different reasons.
“I am pleased with how things have started off. The players have worked hard, not whinged too much and the spirit has been good.
“We are getting there with a few bits and pieces to iron out.
“After the next couple of friendlies we will probably know where we are at.
“I have told the guys from last year that I am going to give them a shot.”
That said, the new manager has brought in a host of new players from his former club PNS Reserves, including 18-year-old twins Dan and Sam Wilson.
Left back Dan and centre midfield Sam are being tipped as two bright talents for the future.
Three players who were previously at the Wakes have returned to the club from PNS Reserves, Scott Spearink, Dan Bratcher and Mark Walklin.
Also joining over the summer are midfielders Jones De Souza and Cardin Pierre-Liverpool.
Mazzarella said: “I have told the boys who have come across that they need to be willing to play reserve team football but they are happy with that.”
Mazzarella said he wanted to bridge the gulf between the first team and reserves to have a large squad of players to select from and he feels that is already becoming a reality.
However, holiday season is causing him selection headaches in the short term and he had hoped for a larger turn-out at pre-season. Bourne Town Reserves kicked-off their pre-season on Wednesday with a 2-2 draw over Wisbech Saint Mary.
The fixtures come thick and fast, last night Bourne played Crowland Town and entertain Sleaford Town on Tuesday.