Wakes must learn lessons quickly

Action from Bourne's defeat to Wootton Blue Cross
Action from Bourne's defeat to Wootton Blue Cross
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WAKES boss Darren Munton blamed “schoolboy errors” for Saturday’s defeat to Wootton Blue Cross, saying his side needs to learn lessons fast.

Bourne lost 3-2 to Bedforshire side Wootton Blue Cross despite taking a 2-1 lead and while Munton praised his players’ commitment he said it was a frustrating result.

“It’s the same old story,” said Munton. “We defended badly as a side. We are making mistakes and getting punished. We need to learn quickly.”

Wootton scored two quick goals to turn the game around in the second half at the Abbey Lawn and both times Bourne should have been able to clear the ball. Poor defending was also to blame for the visitors’ opening goal.

Munton said: “Their first was a free kick that went through the wall.

“We just gifted them the goal. It was a stupid challenge that led to the free kick.

“And their third goal came when their winger had the ball in the corner. We should have dealt with it.

“They were not a very good side. We committed schoolboy errors.”

Richard Nelson was missing in defence and Bourne miss his influence and experience at the back.

Munton added: “For many of the lads it has been a step up and a big learning curve but they deserve some credit. They have stepped up from the reserves and have done well.”

A win would have lifted Bourne through a tightly-bunched mid-table pack in the UCL First Division but signs were ominous early on when returning Wakes skipper, Dan Smith was called on to make a couple of vital interceptions.

The deadlock was broken midway through the opening half, when a rash challenge from Jason Gough resulted in Michael Peters planting free kick in the corner.

Dan Mason’s drive from 25 yards was tipped over the bar by the Wootton keeper soon after but chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half.

The home side came out stronger in the second half and levelled on 51 minutes when Mason was first to the ball and prodded the ball past the keeper.

Bourne were in the ascendancy at this point and took lead with a Stewart Lambie goal from close-range on 59 minutes.

Going behind spurred Wootton on the offensive and wiry forward Shaun Winconek grabbed the points for the visitors with two goals in four minutes, the second of his double coming after his marker Smith had to withdraw through injury.

With 20 minutes still to play Bourne had time to at least gain a point. Wakes player-boss Darren Munton and teenager Ashley Firth joined the game and with two or three good chances going begging, Wootton managed to stem the tide.

Bourne travel to Harborough Town tomorrow.

Bourne Town: Dan Jarman, Jason Gough, Tom Cardall, Dan Smith (Matt Davis), Aaron Jesson, Jimmy McDonnell, Dan Mason (Darren Munton), Andy Moss, Stewart Lambie, Alex Brockbank (Ashley Firth), Keith Gray.