THE Wakes must look towards young emerging footballers in the town if they are to return to former glories.
Bourne boss Darren Munton made the frank assessment this week after his side was beaten 5-0 at Bugbrooke St Michaels in the league, and eliminated from the Hinchingbrooke Cup by Cranfield United on Tuesday when they lost 4-3 after extra time at the Abbey Lawn.
Bourne don’t have money to buy themselves out of trouble and Munton has faced a tough rebuilding project since an exodus of players after their demotion to the United Counties League First Division in 2010.
“We don’t have money to splash out,” he said. “We watch the youth sides and some of the younger lads will get a chance.”
Among a new generation of players coming through at the Abbey Lawn are Mark Shrosbree and Ashley Firth. Shrosbree made his first team debut on Tuesday and Munton said: “He did not look out of place. He might even have nicked a goal late on.
“He could have a very good future, as could young Ashley Firth who has played very well recently.”
Both represent the future for a side that no longer has the means to lure players from miles away.
The Wakes boss said: “I don’t think we should think about returning to the premier division just yet.
“I think we are playing at about the right level for the club.”
Munton’s side was faring well at Bugbrooke until Seb Hood was sent off for a deliberate handball on the goalline.
“The sending off changed it dramatically. He would have been better letting it go in,” he added.
“It had been a better performance but that sums up our season. They have not lost all season and you can see why. The second half was a case of backs to the wall.”
Tuesday’s match against Cranfield was the first at the Abbey Lawn since October and was another disappointment for Bourne, who led 2-0 at half-time through goals from Jake Mason and Jason Kilbride.
Cranfield hit three in the second period and Firth forced extra time with a late leveller only for Cranfield’s Sam Evans rifle in the killer goal five minutes into extra time.
“It could have been eight all,” said the Bourne boss. “We did well to go in two up and had a good opportunity to go three up before the break.
“I said to the lads at half time that the first ten minutes would be important but of course we conceded two soft goals.”
Bourne (v Bugbrooke): Dan Jarman, John Currall, Aaron Campion, Lee Conneely, Aaron Jesson, Dan Mason, Seb Hood, Andy Moss (Lloyd Buchan), Jake Mason (Glenn Spearink), Alex Brockbank, (Tom Cardall), Josh Kamau.
Bourne (v Cranfield): Dan Jarman, John Currall, Tom Cardall, Glenn Spearink, Seb Hood, Aaron Jesson, Dan Mason (Mark Shrosbree), Andy Moss, Jake Mason (Alex Brockbank), Josh Kamau, Jason Kilbride (Ashley Firth).
l BOURNE Town FC are holding a sponsors day on, December 10, when the first team play Eynesbury Rovers.
Club secretary Bob lambert said: “We would like to welcome all current sponsors and any interested sponsors along and for light refreshments after the game in The Len Pick Suite.”
For details call Mr Lambert on 07514 804404.