‘Shambles’ at the back costs Wakes points

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Sloppy defending cost The Wakes their lead three times at struggling Potton on Saturday according to Bourne boss Darren Munton.

Tom Caldicott, Johnny Currall and Aaron Jesson all scored for the Wakes but each time Bourne went ahead their hosts found a reply.

Action from Bourne's draw at Potton United'Photo: www.kevinrookphotography.com

Action from Bourne's draw at Potton United'Photo: www.kevinrookphotography.com

“The defending was shambolic,” complained Munton.

“I thought we had got past the stage where we made silly mistakes but at times it was comical. We gifted them three replies.

“We had two defenders going for the same ball and giving it away. It was frustrating to watch.

“Their third was a penalty but we should have had the ball cleared before it was given away. It’s a point on the road but really it feels like two points dropped.”

Caldicott had opened the scoring, side-footing a cross past Lewis Jarman-Webb after just five minutes. But Bourne’s lead was short-lived.

Gary Ansell-Carter levelled for the hosts just three minutes later.

The Wakes retook the lead when Currall ghosted in at the back post after 26 minutes but again Potton quickly drew level. This time Steve Muggridge equalised.

Early in the second half Jesson put Bourne ahead for the third time after some ping-pong in the Potton box. But Bourne’s hard work up front was undone by Steve Thomas’ 77th minute spot kick.

Munton added: “They scrapped for everything but we created enough to have won.

“Having gone in front three times we were naive; trying to play offsides with our hands in the air.

“We have done well lately but the boys who had done so well a week before looked jaded.”

Bourne are eighth in the United Counties League First Division and host third-placed AFC Rushden and Diamonds at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Kev Elgar, Tom Cardall, Jimmy McDonnell, Aaron Jesson, Andy Moss, Craig Rook, Lee Wood (Tom Waumsley), John Currall (Simon Penney), Mike Feely (Seb Hood), Tom Caldicott.