Higher league Yaxley dump Wakes out the cup
Bourne Town were knocked out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night after losing 2-0 away to higher division Yaxley.
The Cuckoos scored a goal in both halves to book a trip to local rivals Peterborough Northern Star in the semi-finals.
Yaxley, who play one division higher than the Wakes in the UCL Premier, opened the scoring through Scott Carter in the 18th minute.
Bourne had won four UCL Division One games in a row and coming into the game were boosted by the return of Dan Wilson and Dan Smith but they could not make a break-through.
Dan Cotton sealed the result for Yaxley 12 minutes from time.
Deeping Rangers have already booked their place in the final which will be played at Huntingdon Town on Monday, May 11.
Bourne Town manager Rafa Mazerella said: “I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and with a little bit of luck and better finishing we could have had them in trouble.
“We could have been a few goals down early on and were a bit rushed when we had the ball but I think that was just the occasion. We settled down after half an hour and then there wasn’t much it.”
In the UCL Division One Bourne are currently on a four-game winning run which has seen them move up to 11th in the league but they have an almighty task ahead of them tomorrow when they travel to third placed Rothwell Corinthians who haven’t conceded a goal in the league in their last seven games.
Bourne’s chances of breaking their nine match unbeaten run is not helped by the fact their top scorer in recent weeks Josh Hales in unavailable on Saturday because he is on county duty the following day.
As a result Mazerella has been looking at using a new combination in his attack this week
The Wakes boss said: “Looking at their form and knowing who we have got available, we know we will be under the cosh. But we will look to score, look to get a clean sheet and see if we can get something out of it.
“I know we won’t roll over for them. They are in a promotion run so they are going to be playing to win.
“I am expecting a tough game, but good football because they are a good footballing side by all accounts.”
Also this week Bourne Town announced that Reserve team managers Dave Panton and John Ball will step down at the end of the season. He said on Twitter. “It’s been a fantastic two seasons. We have improved our points tally on both occasions I wish the club every success. It’s a great club with great people both in the dugouts and behind the scenes. I have nothing except gratitude for everyone.”
The club extended their thanks for the excellent work he has done with the club. His side played on Wednesday night, succumbing 3-1 away at Raunds Town.
Joe Bull scored the Bourne goal.