Wakes boss aiming for a top five place

Darren Munton says Tuesday victory against Huntingdon was Bourne's best performance since he took charge
Darren Munton says Tuesday victory against Huntingdon was Bourne's best performance since he took charge
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Buckingham 0 Bourne Town 1

Bourne Town 2 Huntingdon 0

A TOP five finish is still possible according to Wakes boss Darren Munton after his side emerged from a barren three month spell with back-to-back victories this week.

Wins against Buckingham and Huntingdon breathed renewed hope into the side ahead of tomorrow’s match against Burton Park Wanderers.

The Wakes had not won in the league since October 23 but Darren Munton had a strong side available for the last two matches and saw a marked improvement.

Munton said: “The lads should be full of confidence from the last two matches.

“Now we have to show consistency and get on a run. We could be top five.”

Munton described Tuesday evening’s 2-0 victory against Huntingdon at the Abbey Lawn as the “best performance since I came back”.

He said: “Certain individuals were outstanding but the whole side worked their socks off against a decent side.

“It was another clean sheet which is very pleasing.”

Keith Gray and Jamie Forbes played up front and Munton felt their partnership worked well. He was also quick to praise Ashley Firth, who came on in both games.

Munton said: “He has come off the bench and done very well. He has a bright future.”

An experienced and confident backbone helped Bourne to Tuesday’s victory with Richard Nelson giving nothing away at centre half alongside Aaron Jesson and Jimmy McDonnell and Andy Moss breaking up the lively Huntingdon midfield.

The visitors tried to feed their strike pairing of Stuart Easson and Dan Drane but the Bourne back four frustrated Huntingdon and the Wakes began to take hold of the game.

On 13 minutes Nelson played in Forbes who burst through to slot the ball under Huntingdon keeper, David Beeny.

After the break, the Wakes had to soak up the Huntingdon pressure but once the initial flurry of attacks subsided, Bourne pressed for a second goal.

With 15 minutes remaining, Dan Jarman pulled off a double save to ensure the slender lead remained intact and with only a couple of minutes remaining, Bourne secured the three points.

A whipped-in cross was directed goalwards by Gray and substitute Alex Brockbank prodded the ball over the line.

Craig Rook, who was red carded a week earlier, was the hero on Saturday, scoring the last minutes winner at Buckingham, but Bourne had goalkeeper Dan Jarman to thank for some outstanding saves to stop the Wakes falling behind.

The boss then brought himself on for the final quarter of an hour and flicked on a Stu Lambie corner for Rook to apply the finishing touch.

Munton added: “I asked the ref how long was left and counted down the last 25 seconds with him.”

It was stalemate for the previous 90 minutes on a heavy pitch where elegant football was in short supply.

The game turned with the introduction of Firth, who came on for a tiring Alex Brockbank on his return after a lengthy spell out with injury.

Munton brought himself on in a double substitution and the tactical switch paid dividends.

As the game entered time added on, Bourne forced a couple of corners, one of which led to Rook’s winner.

Bourne (v Buckingham): Dan Jarman, Craig Rook, Tom Cardall, Jimmy McDonnell, Richard Nelson, Arran Jesson, Johnnie Currall, Andy Moss, Alex Brockbank (Ashley Firth), Ben Easson (Darren Munton), Stuart Lambie.

Bourne (v Huntingdon): Dan Jarman, Craig Rook, Tom Cardall, Jimmy McDonnell (Jason Gough), Richard Nelson, Aaron Jesson, Johnnie Currall (Ashley Firth), Andy Moss, Jamie Forbes (Alex Brockbank), Keith Gray, Stuart Lambie.