Sileby Rangers 0
Bourne Town 4
Huntingdon Town 2
Bourne Town 1
WITH just the champions Kempston to play, Bourne’s roller-coaster season comes to an end tomorrow.
The Wakes are safe from relegation following Saturday’s 4-0 win against Northampton Sileby Rangers although their unpredictability resurfaced with a 2-1 reverse on Easter Monday.
Saturday’s performance was excellent and if the Wakes had produced this sort of form more consistently they wouldn’t have been looking over their shoulders in the final weeks of the United Counties League season.
Bourne defended resolutely, dominated midfield, chased down opponents in their own half and took their scoring chances with confidence.
Two goals either side of the break settled this fixture after an opener from Seb Hood, with his third in three games, calmly slotting home after wrong-footing the Sileby keeper on the half hour.
A cracking volley from well outside the box flew into the far corner from the returning Stewart Lambie, just before the half-time whistle and Alex Brockbank put the result beyond doubt with a fine finish on 58 minutes.
A bullet from Tom Dunn in the closing stages that found the top corner, leaving the home keeper helpless.
Sileby played their part and tested Dan Jarman within the opening minutes, forcing the Bourne keeper to pluck a drive out of the air. Jarman was clearly determined to keep a clean sheet and followed this save with several more throughout the game.
Bourne’s victory was the result of dominant midfield play, where Hood, Lambie, Dan Mason, Guiliano Staffieri, Jack Humphries and Andy Moss hassled and closed down Sileby.
Bourne’s defence featured a welcome return for Alec Robinson alongside Joe Braithwaite, who put in an excellent performance, and a faultless Aaron Jesson.
Bourne have rarely fielded the same side two games running all season and on Monday boss Darren Munton was again unable to field the same 11 that won two days earlier.
Huntingdon came into the game off the back of a ten-match unbeaten run and put Bourne on the back foot from the outset. A rock hard pitch didn’t help either side but the home team adapted better, playing a long-ball game and bypassing midfield from the first whistle.
Jarman was called into unorthodox action early on as a misplaced back-pass was about to be put away by a home forward but a slide tackle on the line prevented a certain goal.
Huntingdon opened the scoring on 26 minutes through Charlie Bowen when Bourne’s man on the post went missing.
Dan Drane added a second a couple of minutes before half time after Dave Beeny in the home goal had saved a one-on-one against Jack Humphries and launched the ball up-field where Drane nodded in unchallenged.
After the break, with the wind at their backs, Bourne had a real go at the home team, with boss Darren Munton picking out Robinson who found the net from close range.
A second one-on-one should have found the target but was driven over the bar by Brockbank.
A couple of close calls put pressure on the Huntingdon back line but an equaliser evaded Bourne.
l Saturday’s clash against newly-crowned division one champions Kempston Rovers at the Abbey Lawn kicks off at 3pm.
Bourne (v Sileby): Dan Jarman, Andy Moss, Alec Robinson, Seb Hood, Aaron Jesson, Joe Braithwaite, Dan Mason, Guiliano Staffieri, Alex Brockbank (Ikahro Leopoldino), Jack Humphries (Tom Dunn) and Stewart Lambie (Nico Staffieri).
Bourne (v Huntingdon): Dan Jarman, Andy Moss, Alec Robinson, Seb Hood, Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Stewart Lambie, Jack Humphries (Darren Munton), Alex Brockbank (Nico Staffieri), Ikharo Leopoldini (Tom Dunn) and Guiliano Staffieri.
l IT was a disappointing end to the season for Deeping Rangers who conceded nine goals over the Easter period.
Turn to page 30 for reports of Rangers’ matches against S&L Corby and Blackstones.