Munton praises battling Wakes

Action from  Saturday's game at Lutterworth. Picture: Kevin Rook
Action from Saturday's game at Lutterworth. Picture: Kevin Rook
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Bourne produced their best performance of the season, but a goal in the last minute dashed their hopes of a share of the points against a strong St Neots Saints side.

There were plenty of positives in the game for manager Darren Munton, however, and his side can go into towmorrow’s game against Rothwell Corinithians with new self-belief.

A new face in the side on Tuesday night and on Saturday has freshened things up.

Carrying the burden of expectation on young shoulders is teenager Joe Searson, signed two weeks ago from Boston United.

Searson scored in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at Abbey Lawn and set up Seb Hood for his side’s goal in a 2-1 defeat in the league cup at Lutterworth.

Munton said of the promising 17-year-old: “Joe has brought new energy to the side with his work rate and determination.

“He is not especially big, but he’s physically strong and unsettles defenders with his presence and skill. He has given everyone a lift.”

Saturday will be another tough test for the Wakes against Rothwell, who won the home fixture 4-1 two weeks ago.

It could be a pointer to Wakes’ progress of late, when performances have been better than results.

The manager said: “We went a goal down in both the last two defeats and had that happened earlier in the season our heads would have gone down and we would probably have gone on to lose by three or four.

“But these were two excellent performances and I was disappointed not to get something out of them.”

The last-minute strike which robbed Wakes of a point on Tuesday was especially painful.

Having been pegged to 2-2, Wakes went looking for the three points they desperately need to lift them from the wrong end of the table.

But they paid the price when a forward had the space to cut in and fire home a left foot shot.

Wakes trailed for most of the first half to an early goal conceded from a corner, but were back level soon after the interval.

Another recent signing, Paul Clark, took his chance when the ball bounced in front of the keeper and he calmly slotted the ball home.

Wakes went ahead midway through the half when Jason Kilbride ran into space and fired a shot under the keeper, but ten minutes later they conceded following a free kick, and then suffered the late heartbreak.

Against Lutterworth, Wakes were 2-0 down in 27 minutes, but Bourne were back in the game on the half hour as Joe Searson’s well flighted delivery from the left was glanced in by Hood.

Hood was denied a second goal early in the second half when his header from a corner was cleared off the line and substitute Clark also went close.

Wakes (against St Neots): Bellairs, Brockbank, Cardall, Baines, Hood, Jesson, Mason (Clark), Moss, Robinson, Kilbride, Searson (Pick). Not used: Elgar, Wells, Penney.