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Mason nets last-gasp winner as Bourne battle back for victory

Bourne boss Rob Middleton was delighted to reward the Wakes' fans for their support with victory in their final home league game of the season on Monday.

Middleton men's ran out 4-3 winners in a cracking United Counties League Division One contest with Harrowby United at the JJ Mac Stadium.

It was only Bourne's fifth home league win of the campaign from 19 matches after they had suffered a 4-0 home loss to Irchester United at the weekend.

Zak Munton (9024784)
Zak Munton (9024784)

Middleton said: "Our away form has been pretty decent this season, but we haven't always done ourselves justice at home.

"We get pretty decent crowds for our level which shows people are prepared to come out and support us so I told the lads to go out and put on a show for them.

"I wanted to reward the fans with a win. I wanted to thank them for their support this season and I was really pleased to get the three points."

Top scorer Zak Munton gave the Wakes an early advantage, but they were rocked by a double strike which handed Harrowby the initiative.

Josh Randall brought Bourne back level only for the Arrows to regain the lead ahead of half-time.

Middleton felt his side had struggled to cope with Harrowby's three-man centre midfield in the opening half and made the necessary changes to his side's formation at the break.

With the new centre back pairing of Dan Mason and Seb Hood growing in confidence as the game went on, Bourne dominated large spells of the second half.

Munton levelled the match again at 3-3 just past the hour mark with his second goal of the game which took his tally for the season to 31.

A training ground rehearsed corner routine then bore fruit for Bourne in the final stages as Hood headed a back post delivery across goal for Jake Mason to score a last-gasp winner.

Harrowby piled forward in search of an equaliser, but Bourne held out for their second win in the last three games.

Jake Mason. (9024816)
Jake Mason. (9024816)

Middleton added: "We didn't get tight enough with their three central midfielders in the first half which caused us problems.

"They were a constant threat up front with their pace as well so we had to tweak some things at half-time.

"We went man-for-man with them in midfield and pushed our wide lads on a bit further. The full-backs tucked in more and we became more narrow.

"It was a bit of a game-changer really. We cut off their supply and were on top of the game.

"We had a penalty appeal turned down for a blatant hand-ball and, at 3-2 down, I thought it wasn't going to be our day.

"But credit to the lads because, even on a baking hot day, we pushed them back and got the equaliser.

"They went to five at the back to try and keep the point, but a corner routine we had worked on in training came off which was really pleasing.

"Harrowby chucked the kitchen sink at us late on. We had a few hairy moments and, as a manager, it was nerve-wracking but I was pleased we held out.

"Both teams deserve credit because they each put in plenty of effort when neither had anything for play for.

"They will be probably feel a little bit hard done by, but I thought we just about deserved it.

"My lads deserve a lot of credit for keeping plugging away and asking questions by pushing Harrowby back."

Wakes: Murphy, Currall, Cardall, Hood, D Mason, Dunn, Moss (L Russell), Randall, Bottereill, Munton, J Mason. Subs not used: Bills, Glover, Smith, Troth.

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