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Bourne Town beat Rainworth Miners Welfare in the United Counties League

Bourne Town tightened their grip on top spot in the United Counties League Division One title race with a fourth successive victory on Saturday.

The Wakes were 6-0 home winners over Rainworth Miners Welfare and now have a 12-point advantage at the top of the table after second-placed Clipstone were beaten at Kirby Muxloe.

Michael Goode's side have scored 14 goals in their last four games while conceding just one after Saturday's success over a visiting side that included former Stamford and Deeping Rangers player Mason Wilson-Rhiney as well as on-loan Matlock midfielder Connor Dimaio who has previously played for Boston United.

Josh Edmondson. Photo: Dave Mears
Josh Edmondson. Photo: Dave Mears

Matt Cox and Zac Allen scored twice on Saturday with James Hill-Seekings and Zak Munton also on target as Bourne's strength in depth again came to the fore.

Goode explained: "We prepared hard with everyone at training in the week.

"We again had a full squad so we're picking a team to try and keep everyone hungry at the moment.

James Hill-Seekings. Photo: Bob Lambert
James Hill-Seekings. Photo: Bob Lambert

"We left out James Hill-Seekings last week which was the starting point and he took it really well.

"He was really professional and came on and got his goal last week so everyone now understands that, even if they play well, we might change it around.

"It won't be every week but we did the same with Zak Munton, Herbie Panting and Will Bird on Saturday who have all been excellent.

Zak Allen. Photo: Dave Mears
Zak Allen. Photo: Dave Mears

"We don't want players getting rusty by picking the same eleven each week. If we get into a situation where we've got an injury or illness, we don't want someone stepping in if they're not ready and it will impact us.

"I think everyone is on board with it because it doesn't weaken us just to get everyone as many minutes as possible."

Hill-Seekings had seen an early header well saved by former Bourne goalkeeper James Leverton in the early exchanges of Saturday's match.

Matt Cox heads home. Photo: Bob Lambert
Matt Cox heads home. Photo: Bob Lambert

Josh Edmondson - who had also come back into the starting line-up - then produced a brilliant goalline clearance to prevent their bottom of the table visitors taking a shock lead.

Leverton then produced a superb save to deny Zac Allen in a one-on-one but his miskick from an awkward back pass then presented Bourne with the chance to take the lead as Hill-Seekings pounced to tap home the opening goal.

Hill-Seekings was then thwarted by another fine stop from the Rainworth goalkeeper, however, Leverton allowed a shot from Allen to squirm through his grasp and into the net shortly after for Bourne's second goal.

Manager Michael Goode. Photo: Dave Mears
Manager Michael Goode. Photo: Dave Mears

Cox then headed home an Allen corner on the stroke of half-time as the Wakes took a three-goal lead into the interval despite an indifferent first half display.

Goode said: "We were very average in the first half and Rainworth are not a bad side at all.

"I went really hard at them at half-time because our standards weren't where I wanted them to be.

Bourne celebrate a goal on Saturday. Photo: Bob Lambert
Bourne celebrate a goal on Saturday. Photo: Bob Lambert

"We were much better in the second half. We were more fluid and it was a good day overall because we have to win these games."

Home goalkeeper Dan Swan made a couple of decent saves after the break to deny Rainworth a way back into the contest before Bourne scored three times in the final 15 minutes to seal the win.

Allen curled home a stunning strike for the fourth goal before substitutes Will Bird and Zak Munton combined for the latter to tap home.

Cox wrapped up the win with a finish in injury-time from Munton's corner and Bourne maintained their superb home form in front of another excellent crowd of close to 300.

Goode added: "We're getting step four attendances rather than step six ones and we'll be looking to build that up over the next few home games.

"The boys really appreciate it. There is a proper atmosphere. The bar was buzzing afterwards and our team spirit is great."

Bourne now have three successive away games, starting on Saturday with a trip to face St Leicester Andrews.

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