Bourne Town are still looking to get their season going this weekend after slumping to a 3-1 loss to Northampton ON Chenecks.
The Wakes were never at the races as Chenecks extended their unbeaten start in the UCL Division One to four games.
Bourne will continue their pursuit of a three-pointer tomorrow (Saturday) at home against Bugbrooke St Michaels, who beat Stamford strugglers Blackstones 2-0 on Saturday.
They are hoping to have attacking midfielder Alex Robinson and striker Tom Caldecott back with them.
Robinson ended last season with Boston Town and Caldicott was with Harborough Town.
Wakes boss Darren Munton, who is on crutches with an ankle injury, said: “We need three points at home to get our season going otherwise we’re going to find ourselves with a real mountain to climb.
“I’m confident we can do it, especially if we play like we did in the second half on Saturday.”
Against Chenecks, the visitors struck three times in the first half to take a firm grip on proceedings.
Chenecks opened their account after 20 minutes when the Wakes couldn’t clear their lines and the ball dropped to Elliott Muddiman who stuck it away.
That was compounded just five minutes later when a mix-up cost them another goal. Bourne keeper Aaron Bellairs came out to collect the ball as defender Kevin Elger headed it back towards the empty net.
That took any wind out of the Bourne sails and Chenecks’ Ben Lewington all but ended the contest with a left-foot finish into the corner after 39 minutes.
Bourne rallied after the break and gave it a go but the game was beyond them. Richard Nelson scored late on with a striker’s instinctive right-foot shot into the bottom corner.
The Wakes have only taken one point from their first four games and have conceded 14 goals.
Munton said: “It was the same old story really as we’ve been conceding goals left, right and centre.”
Bourne: Marcus Baines, Aaron Bellairs, Alex Brockbank, Thomas Cardall, Kevin Elger, Stewart Lambie, Edward McDonald, Andrew Moss, Richard Nelson, Craig Rook, Daniel Smith. Subs: Sebastian Hood, Aaron Jesson, Daniel Pick