Shot-shy Wakes lack goal touch

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Bourne Town 1

Bugbrooke St Michaels 4

A TOP marksman will make all the difference at the Abbey Lawn, frustrated Bourne boss Darren Munton claimed this week.

The Wakes’ goal difference reveals a great deal about their season with just 31 shots finding the target in 25 matches while at the other end Bourne have conceded an average of two a game.

“We lack the killer instinct,” lamented the Bourne boss, a deadly striker in the prime of his playing days.

“We do not have someone who will get 20 goals a season and that adds pressure throughout the team. A striker needs a little bit of luck. We just need one to go in off the shin and that can start the ball rolling.”

Substitute Scott McKenzie came off the bench to score on Saturday, working an opening before firing into the top corner. But his 89th minute goal was little more than a consolation for Bourne who at that point were four down at home to Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Lance Allen put Bugbrooke ahead in the 23rd minute and scored twice in space of four second-half minutes to complete his hat-trick before Zac Pugh got in on the act with five minutes remaining.

“Individual errors cost us again,” said Munton. “We had a lot of possession and possibly the clearer cut chances but we did not take them, and that is the difference between where they are and where we are.

“I don’t think 4-1 did us justice. At 2-0 we had a great chance to get back into the game.”

Aside from a trip to Rushden on March 17, Bourne’s remaining games are all at the Abbey Lawn where the Wakes boss hopes for a rousing finish to the season.

And Munton, whose side are currently fourth from bottom of the United Counties League’s First Division, added: “You always want to do well in front of your own supporters.

“We have not got bags of money like some clubs.

“We are just local lads and I think if we can win four of our remaining games we can still have a mid-table finish.”

Bourne’s reserves, who have four games left in the reserves second division, lost 2-1 away against Rushden and Higham United Reserves last Saturday. The reserves play Boston Town away tomorrow,

Bourne: Matt Gilson, John Currall, Kevin Elger, Seb Hood, Aaron Jesson, Dan Smith, Stuart Lambie (Dan Mason), Jason Kilbride, Alex Brockbank (Scott McKenzie), Danny Pick (Josh Kamau), Andy Moss.