With yet another Bourne Town first team match postponed because of the weather, there was a good number of supporters at the Abbey Lawn to watch the Wakes Reserves lose a frustrating game 2 -1 to Desborough Town in the UCL Reserve Division.
The Wakes started very well, dominating the aerial battles and looking dangerous in attack through striker Jake Cauthorn.
When the visitors got on the ball they were eager to test keeper Reece Evans but nothing really tested his new gloves.
After 25 minutes good work from Zak Munton and Joe Papworth set up Cauthorn for an easy tap in from six-yards to open his scoring account.
More pressure followed from the Wakes with Bottreil hitting the cross bar from range and Holliday missing from very close proximity.
Desborough had some good possession spells but nothing really threatened the Wakes defence but by half-time the Wakes were 1-0 ahead.
The second half was another very dominant one. Zak Munton again hitting the post, George Holliday missing two clear chances as well as a number of opportunities which the home team simply did not capitalise on.
The more the game went on the more confident Desborough became. A whipped-in cross caught defender Dan Mason unaware and turned it into his own net. Five minutes later the away team had a run at the defence and squeezed the ball through the six players between him and the goal giving the away team the lead.
The Wakes then put even more pressure on, introducing striker Kieran Rogers who like others missed a couple of chances and Desborough got their first three points of the year.
Manager Dave Panton said: “It was a very good performance but missing between 12 - 15 clear chances at this level you are going to be punished.
“We had a really bad day in front of goal. Great credit to Desborough who agreed with us that we should have won but they had three shot all game and got two goals.
“We are creating the chances but unlike the start of the season we are simply not finishing off with goals.”
Bourne Town’s first team host Wellingborough Whitworth tomorrow and there is a slim chance a former England international could be running out at the Abbey Lawns.
Whitworth have signed former England centre half Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. The former Tottenham, Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool player has put pen to paper for the Flourmen although at 46 years old he is not expected to appear for the club on a regular basis.
Ruddock, who is a friend of Flourmen reserve team joint manager Ben Thomas, won an England cap against Nigeria in 1994 and was a League Cup winner with Liverpool in 1995.