A mistake in each half proved costly for The Wakes in a valiant display against one of the UCL first division title contenders on Saturday.
Bourne’s seven match unbeaten run came to end in front of a packed Abbey Lawn with a 2-1 defeat to third-placed AFC Rushden and Diamonds.
Tom Waumsley pulled one back for Bourne, scrambling the ball into the net from a corner with ten minutes to go, but the two goal deficit proved too much for the Wakes against a well-organised defence.
Both sides began at a quick pace in front of 264-strong crowd but after weathering an early onslaught, Bourne fell behind to a long range shot from Jake Gillingwater.
Aaron Bellairs appeared to have the full-back’s speculative 25-yarder covered but the bouncing ball squirmed from his clutches and agonisingly crept over the line before the Bourne keeper could recover.
The visitors created the bulk of the chances and Bellairs redeemed himself with several fine saves which ensured Bourne were only one down at the interval.
The Diamonds had the ball in the net again in the first half only to be flagged offside but the Wakes could easily have gone in level had Johnny Currall’s half-volley, snatched at the far post, not fizzed across the face of the goal.
At times Bourne lived dangerously with Aaron Jesson coming close to lobbing his own goalkeeper but The Wakes were not overrun by a side that has lost just twice this season and the visitors’ second goal had an element of fortune.
Bourne fell two behind midway through the second half when Lee Wood lost possession and Jake Newman sprinted through. His first effort came back off the post but the ball fell perfectly for him to tap in the rebound.
Bourne had a mountain to climb but pushed forward with centre-back Richard Nelson joining Bourne’s attack and put Diamonds under most pressure in the final quarter of an hour.
Waumsley turned the ball home to give the home support hope but the visitors held on to consolidate their third place and knock the Wakes down to ninth.
Manager Darren Munton said: ““Their first goal was a shame for Aaron. Over the season he has kept us in games and at 1-0 down pulled off some great saves.
“Against sides like this you get punished for mistakes but it was a terrific effort from the boys.
“We wanted to give a good account of ourselves and I am very proud of the lads and their effort.”
Bourne host Deeping Rangers in the Hinchingbrooke Cup on Tuesday evening and then play Wootton Blue Cross away in the league on Saturday.
Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Kev Elgar, Tom Cardall, Lee Wood (Danny Pick), Aaron Jesson, Richard Nelson, Craig Rook ,Andy Moss, Tom Waumsley, Johnny Currall, Mike Feely (Jimmy McDonnell). Subs: Simon Penny, Dan Mason.