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Former Peterborough Sports and Boston United defender Richard Jones has returned to Bourne Town

Bourne Town have pulled off a signing coup after bringing Richard Jones back to the United Counties League club.

Jones started his career with his home-town team before progressing through the non-league ranks.

After spells with Blackstones, Peterborough Northern Star and Corby, the centre-half had a sterling stint with Stamford.

Richard Jones. Picture: Keith Heppell
Richard Jones. Picture: Keith Heppell

He then moved to Boston United before joining Peterborough Sports where he played a pivotal part in the Turbines' rise up the non-league pyramid.

Jones called time on his playing career at the end of last season in the National League North but has decided to return to help the Wakes in their push for promotion.

They are currently in second spot in Division One after an unbeaten start to the league campaign.

The Wakes will be targeting a third successive away win since the departure of manager Steve Wilson when they travel to Gedling Miners Welfare on Saturday.

Bourne were 3-1 winners at Saffron Dynamo in their first match following Wilson's decision to step down from the helm of the United Counties League club.

That was followed last weekend by an excellent 2-1 victory at Birstall United to keep second-placed Bourne in hot pursuit of unbeaten league leaders Clipstone.

Director of football Michael Goode and Wilson's assistant Dan Flack have taken charge of the Wakes for the past couple of games.

They are set to continue in their roles at the weekend which is followed by a home match with Holwell Sports at the JJ Mac Stadium on Wednesday night.

Goode said: "Steve did a brilliant job for 18 months and there was nothing behind him leaving. It came as a surprise to us.

"Part of the reason that I came to the club was that, if anything like that happened, I could always hold the fort and we've got Flacky to support the process.

"It's worked out alright so far and we've had a couple of half decent results. We're not in a bad place at the moment."

Goode enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Bourne's neighbours Deeping Rangers where he had Flack in his playing ranks.

He added: "I know all of the players and I think we will be leaving things as they are for the foreseeable future.

"I am happy to give it go and, if I'm enjoying it, then I'll keep doing it but if I'm not then we will have to look at something else."

Bourne produced a fine first half performance in Saturday's match at Birstall but only had a Jake Sansby goal to show for their efforts.

A deflected strike from Sam Richards brought Birstall level on the stroke of half-time before James Hill-Seekings fired home a late winner for the Wakes.

Goode commented: "We were brilliant in the first half and absolutely battered them.

"They got a fortuitous goal just before half-time but we should have been at least four up by that point.

"We had a lot of chances in the first half but they came out stronger after the break and it was a good end-to-end contest.

"Dan Swan made a great save like he does in every game, but we hit the bar, post and had one blocked on the line before we got the winner.

"To get six points from two away games has been good because it was a difficult game at Saffron the week before.

"We now need to back that up again on Saturday against Gedling who are going quite well at the moment."

Bourne look to have lost the services of Harry Peasgood but have signed Harry McLoughlin from league rivals Blackstones.

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