Bourne Town were on the end of a bit of a hiding at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday as they were taught a lesson by the inform Potton United.
The visitors won 5-0 in the UCL Division One tie after making a blistering start to the game.
Bourne didn’t start to play until the game was effectively over as injuries left the Wakes down to the bare bones.
Injuries to both the first team and reserves have left the squad at breaking point and in-form Potton hit four first-half goals to put the game beyond Rafa Mazzarella’s side.
Bourne had beaten Potton 3-0 at the Abbey Lawn earlier in the season but any hope of a double were dented when Gary Ansell opened the scoring after just six minutes.
Jamie Berryman (23 minutes), Will Lowerson (30) and Dean Hamilton (42) added further strikes before the break but the Wakes did at least put up more of a fight second half.
They looked set to at least ‘draw’ the second half until Ansell-Carter grabbed his second in the final minute.
Mazzarella’s admitted: “The last two or three weeks have been tough as we have been really unlucky with injuries.
“We are struggling to get 13 players out, and that’s for the reserves as well because it’s not just one or two injuries we have suffered, it’s six or seven key players out
“Also, every time we make a mistake we seem to get punished but the most disappointing thing is their manager admitted his side didn’t even have to work too hard for their goals. We have to stop conceding soft goals and we have to get out of this habit of not starting to play until we are behind.
“Our preparation wasn’t helped by one car with four of my players getting stuck in traffic and not arriving until 2.30pm but I don’t know if that was a factor.
“We are feeling a bit down but we showed in the second half that we can scrap for everything, so we just need to keep plugging away.”
Sam Wilson was on the wrong end of a crunching tackle and limped off, while Joe Moore-Papworth also picked up a knock as Bourne’s injury woes show no sign of abating.
Bourne face another tough task when hosting fifth-placed Raunds tonight (Tuesday).
Bourne: Aaron Fagan, Lewis Hall, Dan Wilson, Andy Moss, Aaron Jesson, Kev Ekger, Joe Moore-Papworth (Scott Spearink), Sam Wilson (Raff Mazzarella), Henry Dunn, Cardin Pierre-Liverpool, Jones De Sousa.
Potton: Craig Lewis, Callum Forster, Will Lowerson (Ash Yeomans), Shaun Faulkner, Max Harradine, Chris Reeves, Steve Muggridge, Joe Aris (Brett Wyman), Gary Ansell-Carter, Dean Hamilton (Courtney Boughton), Jamie Berryman.