Smith set for Wakes return

Woodford FC 2 v Bourne Town FC 3
Woodford FC 2 v Bourne Town FC 3
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Bourne Town secured three vital points with a 3-2 win over bottom-of-the-table Woodford on Saturday.

The away result hauled Wakes out of the bottom two, and they can improve their situation still further against another struggling side, Bugbrooke, tomorrow.

Town suffered a 1-0 home defeat to the side now second from bottom earlier in the season and it will be a tough test.

But manager Darren Munton is encouraged by the return to the squad of several key players for the relegation six-pointer.

Alex Robinson and Marcus Baines should be back after both missing the Woodford game, while last season’s captain and influential centre half Dan Smith is ready to return after a lengthy absence.

Tomorrow’s game means another long trek for The Wakes, who appeared to be still shaking off the effects of the journey to London when they conceded a bizarre own goal in the first minute on Saturday.

Right from the kick-off, centre half Seb Hood attempted to turn the ball back to goalkeeper Aaron Bellairs but it bounced in the 18 yard box over the keeper’s head and into the net.

Woodford, who had a virtual new team following the recent departure of the manager, were ahead for only four minutes.

Bourne got back on terms through Joe Searson, who latched on to a loose ball and thumped it home from 25 yards.

Bourne could have had four or five more after that but had to wait until the 20th minute to increase their lead when Craig Rook ran from midfield before shooting home from the edge of the box.

Bourne continued to waste chances and were pegged back by an equaliser just before the interval following a break from the back.

Wakes continued to have much more of the possession after the break and scored the winner on the hour. Jason Kilbride cut in from the left, played a one-two with Craig Rook and Andy Moss was on hand to score.