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Bourne Town see five players sin-binned as their United Counties League match at St Andrews is abandoned

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Bourne boss Steve Wilson admitted to being 'bitterly disappointed' at the decision to abandon his side's United Counties League game on Tuesday night.

The Wakes had five players sin-binned in their Division One match at St Andrews that was halted with 11 minutes remaining.

The visitors were aggrieved by a decision to award their hosts an equalising goal - that levelled the contest at 3-3 - which they felt should have been disallowed for either offside or hand-ball.

Bourne boss Steve Wilson. (52502562)
Bourne boss Steve Wilson. (52502562)

The match referee then started to sin-bin the Bourne players for their protests which means a 10-minute spell on the sidelines.

However, when the fifth Bourne player was asked to leave the field, it left the Wakes with less than seven men which forced the abandonment.

Wilson said: "Their player turned away and didn't even celebrate the goal because he was waiting for the whistle. They were all astounded that a goal had been given.

"People will say that we shouldn't have reacted like that but, in fairness to my lads, they had put up with so many decisions going against them in the second half.

"They had put in a good performance and they care and what happened was the final nail in the coffin.

"The two sets of players had fought a good game. I don't think there was one really bad challenge in the game that was worthy of a yellow card.

"The two benches never had a cross word all game and it's gone from that to where you think something has really kicked off.

"It was a decent game and everything had been fine so it was bitterly disappointing to finish on that note."

Bourne had made the midweek trip to Leicester looking to build on Saturday's 3-0 home victory over Clifton All Whites.

They were without the injured trio of Jake Mason, Tom Palmer and Harry Brookes as well as the unavailable Harry Fitzjohn while goalkeeper John Swales and Thomas Klinkovics were both missing due to work commitments.

Bourne fell behind to Mason Lopez's opener for St Andrews but Josh Hales had brought them back onto level terms within four minutes.

Aaron Warrener's third goal in two games then put the Wakes ahead just after the half-hour mark as the hosts' appeals for offside were rejected by the match officials as Bourne got the more favourable decisions in the first half.

However, the officiating tide turned against the Wakes after the break and Owen Dewing equalised for St Andrews.

Jacob Fenton then gave Bourne the lead again with 15 minutes remaining before the controversy of St Andrews' third goal that saw Jack Bottreill, Jacob Crosby, Fenton, Herbie Panting and Dan Wilson all sin-binned for their protests.

Manager Wilson added: "We were missing some key players so to put a performance in like that was good.

"We should have been out of sight really because we had a couple of good chances that we should have taken so the decision at the end was disappointing because we had done enough to win the game."

Bourne are now waiting to hear the decision on what will happen with the outcome of the game.

They are in Lincolnshire Senior Trophy action on Saturday when they travel to Northern Counties East League Division One leaders Brigg Town.

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