BOURNE boss Darren Munton has demanded a response from his team after a disappointing defeat at home on Tuesday.
He branded the display “shocking” and “truly awful” as the Wakes enter their busiest week of the year with three games in six days, beginning with a home match against Rothwell Town tomorrow (3pm).
They then face Wellingborough Whitworth at the Abbey Lawn on Tuesday (7.45pm) before a trip to Wooton Blue Cross in the Hitchingbrooke Cup on Thursday.
“Both the league games are at home against teams around us. I hope we can get a result but if we play like we did on Tuesday we will struggle,” said the Wakes boss.
Munton was furious with the performance against Burton Park Wanderers, which came after a decent display at Thrapston last weekend.
Munton said: “We were shocking, truly awful. The lads know they did not do well. Maybe Saturday took a lot out of the lads but it’s all about attitude and desire.”
Bourne were second best in all departments. Even the basics were absent in an inept performance with passes going astray, and a lack of pace and ideas.
They were marginally better after a few heated words in the dressing room at half-time but the visitors strolled to three easy points.
A goal in each half without reply through Burton’s Leigh Chapman and Louis Dupree were enough for the visiting team who hardly had to break sweat.
Just days earlier, the Wakes had turned in a strong team performance against Thrapston, who were top of the table at the start of play.
Although Bourne lost 3-1, Munton said: “Even at 3-1 down we hit the bar and created chances.
“We gave a good account of ourselves against a good footballing side.”
Bourne surprised a sprightly Thrapston contingent by taking an early lead and looking likely to add further goals in a confident performance.
Skipper, Dan Smith latched on to a Darren Munton free kick to loop his header over the home keeper to hush the home crowd.
Further good chances went begging for Bourne before Thrapston equalised on the half hour through Jamie Russell against the run of play.
Bourne went behind as Alex Brockbank’s effort was collected by the home keeper and launched forward. Bourne’s players and management felt the home side’s player was offside but he played to the whistle and played the ball off to Deven Ellwood to give the home side the lead.
Ellwood added his second and Thrapston’s third as Bourne were caught out with limited resources, his pile-driver finding the top corner.
Commenting on Thrapston’s second goal, Wakes boss Munton said: “It’s a difficult one. I couldn’t really tell myself but I think it’s swings and roundabouts. It balances out over the season.
Bourne (v Thrapston): Dan Jarman, Craig Rook, Seb Hood, Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Tom Cardall, Richard Nelson, Johnnie Currall, Jack Humphries (Rory Ablewhite)).Alex Brockbank, Darren Munton (Tom Dunn).
Bourne (v Burton Park): Dan Jarman, Craig Rook (Kev Elger), Tom Cardall, Keith Gray (Darren Munton), Aaron Jesson, Richard Nelson, Dan Mason, Johnnie Currall, Alex Brockbank, Jamie Forbes, Jack Humphries (Tom Dunn).