Bourne Town 0
Northampton Sileby Rangers 3
THE Wakes travel to Rushden tomorrow on the back of one of their worst performances of the season.
Bourne’s match against Rushden and Higham United will be their final away game of the season and – although they still have five fixtures to play at the Abbey Lawn - manager Darren Munton is looking for a big improvement from last week’s display.
The Bourne boss admitted giving his players a dressing down after the 3-0 defeat to Northampton Sileby Rangers.
He said: “One lad did not even turn up – he won’t be wearing Bourne colours again.
“It’s a shame that one lad lets the others down, and it meant I had to name myself as a substitute which I shouldn’t have to do.
“It’s about having some pride about playing for the club. We have had an issue with players just turning up, playing and clearing off, and not supporting the club after the match. I’ve had to talk to them about that too.”
He added: “It was disappointing on Saturday. The lads have the ability but do not seem to be learning from mistakes and we get punished.
“We have to look to improve next season. Ideally we need four or five new players to strengthen the spine of the side.”
It was only the third win of the entire season for the visitors, who are second-bottom of the United Counties League First Division.
The visitors took a tenth minute lead during a low key first half when a loose ball in the box was confidently finished by Dan Brown.
Wakes keeper Matt Gilson went full length to turn away a shot from Ed Stewart while at the other end Scott McKenzie twice finished weakly from good positions.
The second half was more open with the visitors creating and squandering openings galore. Bourne defender Tom Cardall cleared off the line from Lewis Kelly and then at the other end headed over a Josh Bell free kick.
Brown put the match beyond the Wakes after 86 minutes, converting Steve Grimley’s through ball. Shaun Daly scored Sileby’s third following a solo run just after Nathan Marsh had saved well to deny Dan Mason a consolation.
Among Bourne’s remaining fixtures, are the visits of the top two, Harborough Town and Huntingdon Town to the Abbey Lawn, and Munton hopes that provide incentive for his players to step up their game.
“We might even have a say in the title run,” suggested Munton ruefully.
Bourne: Matt Gilson, John Currall, Tom Cardall, Seb Hood, Dan Smith (Josh Kamau), Aaron Jesson, Dan Mason, Dan Jarman, Scott McKenzie, Alex Brockbank (Darren Munton), Josh Bell.
l BOURNE Town Reserves lost 3-1 away against Boston Town Reserves on Saturday. They play Irchester United Reserves away at the weekend.