Experience steers Bourne to victory

Craig Rook scores Bourne's opening goal at Northampton ON Chenecks'Photo: Kevinrookphotography.com
Craig Rook scores Bourne's opening goal at Northampton ON Chenecks'Photo: Kevinrookphotography.com
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The Wakes ended a winless run with a victory at the 10th attempt, beating Northampton ON Chenecks 2-0, on Saturday.

Craig Rook and Tom Caldicott scored Bourne’s both goals in the final quarter of an hour for a well-earned win.

Taking a cautious approach, Bourne manager Darren Munton played veterans Jimmy McDonnell and Lee Wood in midfield, reeling in the sometimes gung-ho style of his younger players.

“They made a difference,” he said. “Their positional sense was what we have been lacking.

“We played one up front in the first half which did leave Tom Caldicott a little isolated but we pushed up more in the second half.”

And the tactics worked perfectly with Bourne keeping a clean sheet and taking all three points. Rook broke the deadlock, scrambling the ball home, and Caldicott chipped the Chenecks keeper.

Munton, who made a rare appearance as substitute, added: “It was a relief. We have had a tough month or two and we needed to start picking up points.

“I said to the lads beforehand that it was a game we had to win.

“Aaron Jesson was outstanding at centre back, and Aaron Bellairs’ handling was first class. But I can’t single one player out. It was a really good team performance; especially in the second half.

“The clean sheet was testament to how we played on Saturday.”

He added: “Now we have to get consistency. We have played well against some of the top teams and now, hopefully, we have settle side and can kick on.”

Bourne’s last victory was at Rushen and Higham United in August and they had only collected one more point since then during a difficult run of fixtures, which included the top two sides home and away. Now they have a league sequence that includes four of the sides in the bottom half of the table in the next five games.

Before that the Wakes face Rushden and Higham United away in the league cup on Saturday. Kick off is at 3pm.

Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Kev Elgar, Tom Cardall, Seb Hood, Aaron Jesson, Craig Rook (George Holliday), Fernand Bass (Michael Feely), Jimmy McDonnell (Darren Munton), Lee Wood, Ben Easson, Tom Caldicott.