Bourne battle back to win first match of 2014

Bourne Town v Woodford United. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography
Bourne Town v Woodford United. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography
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Bourne Town beat basement boys Woodford United on Saturday but had to come from behind to secure a 4-2 victory in their first game back since December 28.

With the wet weather causing havoc with the Wakes’ fixtures, it took Bourne a while to get back into the swing of things against their UCL Division One rivals.

Woodford, with just one win all season, gave their hosts a scare by going ahead.

Bourne limped in at half-time 2-1 down after conceding a penalty, equalising through an Aaron Jesson header but then giving away a second sloppy goal.

After the break, Charlie Wallace, called up from the reserve team, crossed in a perfect ball for Dan Smith to nod into the net.

Dan Mason put Bourne ahead but it was not until late in the day that Joe Searson calmed the nerves with a fourth, beating the onrushing Woodford keeper to score.

Bourne Town manager Darren Munton said: “It was a game we needed to win and we need to just keep on winning in the league now.

“The first half we seemed rusty but we have not played for a few weeks and it showed.”

Munton had to lay down the law at half time but his side responded.

He said: “We went out 4-3-3 in the first half and we were struggling to get any width so we changed it to 4-4-2 and it seemed to suit us much better.”

Munton said even when his side went back in front it was a nervy watch on the side lines.

He said: “When it is 3-2 there is always a chance that they can get back into it but we were dominant in the second half.”

Bourne travel away to 
mid-table side Thrapston Town tomorrow .

Munton said: “They have picked up a lot under their new management but it is a winnable game and we have one or two players back. Suddenly we have some options in selection which is always good.”

Amongst those coming back are recent signing Anthony Graves and the injured Alex Banks.

However, Munton was full of praise for reserve player Wallace. The left-sided midfielder put in a solid performance for the first team.

He said: “His delivery, especially from the set piece, was really good for us and he did his chances no harm at all.”

Wallace is now in the mix to play for the first team again tomorrow.

Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Kev Elger, Tom Cardall, Aaron Jesson, Dan Smith, Dan Mason, Craig Rook (Lewis Hall), Andy Moss (Josh Mountain), Joe Searson, Charlie Wallace, Paul Clark (George Holliday).