Wakes embarrassed by floodlight failure

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BOURNE’S Lincolnshire Senior Trophy Semi-Final against Holbeach United was abandoned for a second time after floodlight failure at the Abbey Lawn on Wednesday evening.

The same fixture was cut short after 36 minutes three weeks earlier when the lights also went out and this week’s match lasted just six minutes before lightning struck twice.

Wakes boss Darren Munton described the situation as an “embarrassment” and said he and assistant Phil Jarman have already offered to switch the game to Holbeach when a new date is set.

Munton said: “It is getting embarrassing and it looks like we will play the fixture at Holbeach. We have offered to play there. We want to get it out of the way.

“We were told the problem had been sorted but we are overloading the system somewhere.”

Club secretary Bob Lambert said Saturday’s game at home to Rothwell Town is unlikely to be affected.

He said: “We think it’s light enough now to get through the game but will have an electrician to monitor the lights for power surges on Saturday. We think we have sussed the fault out.”

A new date for the Holbeach tie is still to be decided.

Five days earlier, Bourne’s unbeaten run since the start of the year came to an end at Raunds Town, where the Wakes lost 3-1.

Alex Brockbank gave Bourne an eighth minute lead with a well-taken strike when the ball fell kindly in the six yard box. But the Wakes’ advantage was short-lived.

Karl King equalised after 17 minutes and the Raunds man went on to score a hat-trick, netting in the 50th and 60th minutes with the first coming from the penalty spot.

Bourne had opportunities to take something from the game Munton said: “It could have finished about six all.”

He said: “Their first could have ben avoided if we had cleared our lines and we had chances to get back in the game but they were much the better side.

“I think the enforced break hit us. It was a poor performance and they played like they wanted it more. It’s a shame because they are a team just above us.”

Bourne slipped one place as a result of the defeat but they remain 12 points clear of the two sides at the foot of the table.

The Wakes now have three back-to-back fixtures at the Abbey Lawn, starting with the visit of rock-bottom Rothwell Town tomorrow.

Munton added: “We need two or three more wins to be safe but it will not be an easy game against Rothwell.

“We will be without Jason Kilbride who is still out injured and Rob Dunn, who has gone back to university.”

Kick off at the Abbey Lawn tomorrow is at 3pm.

Bourne’s reserves travel to play Raunds Town Reserves in the UCL Reserve Division Two.

Bourne (v Raunds): Matt Gilson, Kev Elgar, Tom Cardall (Danny Pick), Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Glen Spearink, Seb Hood (Billy Stubbs), Stu Lambie, Alex Brockbank, Dan Jarman. Sub unused: Dan Mason.