So much at stake in Wakes’ basement battle

Bourne Town preview.
Bourne Town preview.

Bourne Town’s fate for the season could be decided on Saturday when they face rock bottom Woodford United.

Woodford parted company with their manager last week and prop up the United Counties league divison one with just three points.

Woodford trail second-bottom Bourne by seven points, but have no fewer than five games in hand on the Abbey Lawns side.

Bourne manager Darren Munton is under no illusions about the importance of the trip. He said: “If ever there was a six-pointer, this is it but it is a game we can win. We have improved dramatically in the last few games and we are creating chances. I would be more worried if we weren’t doing that.”

Town have also been struggling with availability of players, and on Saturday will be without the experienced Alec Robertson, who has been playing at centre forward.

Recent signing Paul Clark, who has made a couple of telling appearances from the bench, is expected to start for the first time.

Munton said: “Paul has done well when he has come on and will score goals but he is just coming back and knows he has to improve his fitness.”

Bourne go into Saturday’s game looking to break a sequence of four defeats.

The latest, a 2-1 home defeat to Rothwell Corinthians, was down to two defensive errors, in the tenth and 30th minutes. In both cases Bourne were punished for failing to deal with a ball into the box.

But they gave themselves a chance when Craig Rook beat the keeper to a bouncing ball to head home before half-time and might have got back on terms in the second half when Joe Searson did well to get into the danger zone but his powerful shot went wide.

l Wakes announced this week all home fixtures will kick-off 2pm until further notice. The next scheduled home game is against Lutterworth Athletic on December 21.