Munton gets response with improved display

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Bourne Town 0 Eynesbury Rovers 0

A MUCH-IMPROVED Wakes side kept their first clean sheet in three months to pick up a valuable point against Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday.

Bourne had lost their previous three games in the league and manager Darren Munton was close to resigning after a poor home display against Potton United a week earlier. But the Bourne boss had no complaints about his side this week.

The Wakes’ performance against Eynesbury at the Abbey Lawn was far better than several recent error-strewn displays.

Sloppy mistakes at the back were eradicated and Bourne could have snatched all three points as Jake Mason hit the post and Jason Kilbride rattled the bar.

Munton said: “I thought the lads worked really hard. If we show the same commitment each week that we did on Saturday, we will pick up points.

“The lads knew that Phil (Jarman, Bourne’s assistant boss) and I were disappointed last week. I wanted a reaction from the lads and we got it.

“From one to 11 they all played their socks off. It was a well-earned point.”

He added: “I think Eynesbury came thinking we would be an easy touch but we made a few changes and having Dan Smith back was a help.

“Before the game, Phil and I said to the lads ‘You can play at this level’, and they proved it.”

Bourne travel to Buckingham Town tomorrow looking to build on last weekend’s clean sheet and point, though they will do so without Darren Campion who has returned to Thrapston Town.

“We only have two strikers,” said Munton, who is on the lookout for a another frontman. “If we can get another it keeps players on their toes.”

However his search for recruits will still be without a budget to attract players.

Bourne held a sponsors’ day last weekend, ahead of the Eynesbury game, and were disappointed by a poor response - not a single reply from 20 invitations to the afternoon.

Club secretary Bob Lambert said: “A few months ago we held an open meeting for the public of Bourne to come down and see what goes on at the club and to view our clubhouse which is available for functions but no-one turned up.

“It is a sad state of affairs when the public and businesses cannot back their local club which is steeped in history.

“However, despite these setbacks, the club will continue to play in the first division and to stabilise itself both on and off the field and with a loyal, hardworking committee who carry on regardless.”

He added: “The club wishes to thank Paul Blackbird and Samil from Sam’s off licence, two of our current sponsors, for taking time out to attend and to David Cardall for informing us of a prior business arrangement. The club values the support of these dedicated sponsors.”

Darren Munton added his thanks to Andy Popple at Travis Perkins for his support earlier in the season.

Bourne: Jarman, Currall, Smith, Hood, Cardall, Kilbride (Firth), Spearink, Moos, Buchan, J. Mason (Younghusband), Kamau (Jesson).

l BOURNE Reserves lost 5-0 to Peterborough NS Reserves in the UCL Reserves Cup on Saturday. They face Rushden and Higham Reserves at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday. Kick off is at 2pm.