A controversial goal ended The Wakes’ hopes of a fightback at joint leaders AFC Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday.
Bourne were trailing 3-2 when Jake Newman scored from what Bourne felt was a blatantly offside position. The linesman’s flag stayed down, Bourne players’ heads dropped and Diamonds added a fifth for am emphatic 5-2 victory.
Until the disputed goal, the Wakes had battled hard in front of a 570 crowd at Wellingborough, recovering from Alfie Taylor’s ninth minute goal to go in just 1-0 down at the break.
Just minutes into the second half, Diamonds doubled their lead through Jack Wisniewski who converted Newman’s cut back. But Tom Waumsley, who had scored in The Wakes 2-1 defeat to Diamonds at the Abbey Lawn, pulled Bourne back into contention, heading home Tom Caldicott’s free kick after 54 minutes.
Three minutes later Taylor restored the hosts’ two goal margin but Bourne reduced the arrears in the 67th minute when Waumsley, who had been brought down in the area, got up and converted from the penalty spot.
Then came the disputed fourth from close range and Lance Allen made it five in the final minute.
“The lads had not played in front of a crowd that size before; I think they enjoyed it,” said Bourne boss Darren Munton who quizzed the officials after the game about the home side’s fourth.
“It’s very frustrating. Their guy was two yards off the line when he scored. The linesman said he didn’t touch it but he was celebrating as if he had.
“That deflated the lads. We had got ourselves back to 3-2 and then there’s a decision like that.”
Diamonds are second in the United Counties League First Division, behind Northampton Sileby Rangers on goal difference. Tenth-placed Bourne play Buckingham Town away on Saturday afternoon.
Bourne: Aaron Bellairs; Tom Cardall, Kev Elger, Seb Hood, Aaron Jesson, Andy Moss, Craig Rook, Dan Smith, Tom Caldicott, John Currall. Subs: Jason Kilbride, Jimmy McDonnell, Simon Penney.