Bourne Town are seeking to bounce back quickly from their weekend loss to keep their hopes of getting out of the bottom two relegation places in the UCL Divison One alive.
The Wakes won twice on the road last week against Whitworths and ON Chenecks to lift spirits at the struggling club but were on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline when Potton United came to the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.
Bourne Town manager Darren Munton said: “We never really got going. We seemed to be tired which is a bit disappointing because there was a decent crowd down watching.
“It was a game we could have won really but the players looked jaded.”
Bourne conceded the first through a mix up at the back allowing Jamie Lally to latch into the ball and give the visitors the lead in the 42nd minute.
After the break, Bourne chased the game to try to get something out of the fixture but were left exposed at the back. Late in the match James Fitzgibbon ensured the Royals the result.
The good news for Bourne, who are in 2oth position, is that the teams in and around them have not pulled away.
Wellingborugh Whitworth in 16th drew to Blackstones in midweek and neither side won at the weekend.
Bugbrooke St Michaels won 3-1 at Eynesbury Rovers but it all remains very tight at the bottom.
Bourne take on Irchester United away tomorrow, who are just two places and six points ahead of them in the league.
Their opposition come into the game having lost their last six games. They played Bourne’s victors Potton United last night.
Munton said: “There is still something to play for but we need to win at the weekend because we are running out of games to do it.
“We are still down to the bare bones and I am looking to get a few people in to help us out until the end of the season but it is difficult.”