FOOTBALL: Bourne Town denied by late winner
A late goal sent Bourne Town to defeat in their early start to the season on Sunday.
New-look Bugbrooke St Michaels snatched victory with four minutes left.
The Wakes had taken a first-half lead but they came home empty-handed.
The first effort came from the visitors as George Couzens forced Harry Oldham into a full-length save.
At the other end Rebus Richard-Noel created some space for himself before forcing Alex Brown to tip away his shot.
Zak Munton forced Oldham to save at his near post after combining with Couzens while Lance Allen rattled the post for Bugbrooke after Bleu McNeil centred from the right.
Bourne took a 38th-minute lead with Brown’s long clearance finding Couzens whose deep cross from the right picked out Munton who cut inside to beat Oldham.
At the start of the second half Munton set up Max Cooper to test Oldham with a curling shot.
The Badgers were on terms after 53 minutes. Niall Duffy played a short corner to Richard-Noel, took the return pass and laid the ball into the path of McNeil whose dipping shot found the far top corner of the net.
Allen’s run set up a chance for Nathan Stewart whose finish was too high while at the other end Couzens’ free-kick found Munton whose shot was tipped away by Oldham.
For Bourne, a diagonal pass from Andy Moss found Munton who released Cooper whose ball across goal was inches away from onrushing substitute Ashton Capes.
The hosts replied with a Conor Woulahan cross to Nathan Liburd whose shot was deflected to safety while Couzens threatened the home goal with a break down the left but his shot was blocked by Liburd with Capes drilling the loose ball inches wide of the far post.
The Badgers won it when Allen’s flick on was turned past Brown by Richard-Noel, defender Max Avory raced back to clear off the line but when it was returned into the area Duffy got in a shot which Brown parried – only for Richard-Noel to convert from close range.
Bourne will be looking to bounce back in their first home game of the campaign against Long Buckby on Saturday.
Bourne: Brown, Avory (sub Spearink), Relf, Smith, Elger, Bottreill, Willerton (sub Capes), Moss (sub Mason), Munton, Couzens, Cooper.