The Wakes gave their hosts a two goal head start at Buckingham Town on Saturday afternoon as they risk the tailend of the season becoming a disappointment.
Lowly Buckingham were one of the sides Bourne boss Darren Munton had hoped to beat in a bid to pass the 40 point mark in the United Counties League First Division but the hosts took all three points with a 3-2 victory.
Kyle Stimpson put Buckingham two ahead in the first half, scoring from the penalty spot after 11 minutes and doubling the hosts’ lead seven minutes shy of half time.
Bourne were stronger in the second half and Seb Hood reduced the defecit two minutes after the break with a well-taken finish that went in off the cross bar.
The Wakes were pushing for an equaliser when Buckingham were awarded another spot kick, which Stimpson converted to round off his hat-trick in the final minutes.
Bourne scrambled one back in the dying minutes with Munton saying Tom Waumsley got the final touch in a flurry of boots but the Wakes were left to rue the two conceded penalties.
Munton: “They were two poor penalties to give away. I thought we had learned our lessons earlier in the season
“The first half as was as poor as we have played all season. Once we got back early in the second half I think we looked on top of the game and we could easily have nicked it at the end.”
The Wakes have two games remaining and Munton admitted it’s tough to motivate a mid-table team when little is at stake.
“There were stones on the pitch and rubble everywhere but I’m not making excuses,” added Bourne’s manager. “We didn’t get going and we got caught out. We have that end -of-season feeling.
“I am disappointed for the lads because they have done really after Christmas.
“It’s frustrating. If we look at the games that we have thrown away we could be up there with Harrowby and Bugbrooke but we have made too many mistakes.”
Already on the lookout for players to strengthen his squad for the next campaign, Munton is chasing a creative midfielder to add to his midfield options.
Bourne play Olney away on Saturday and will be without Tom Waumsley who misses the final two games of the season due to suspension.
Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Keb Elgar, Aaron Jesson, Seb Hood (Simon Penny), Tom Cardall, Dan Smith, Craig Rook, Jimmy McDonnell, Johnny Currall (Darren Munton), Tom Caldicott, Wom Waumsley.