Bourne Town held by Huntingdon Town in the United Counties League Division One clash
Bourne Town will be left contemplating whether Saturday's goalless home draw with relegation rivals Huntingdon Town was one point gained or two dropped.
The stalemate has kept the third-from-bottom Wakes three points clear of Huntingdon and still with two games in hand in the United Counties League Division One.
However, they had the lion’s share of the contest at the JJ Mac Stadium and created the better opportunities in front of a decent home crowd.
Wakes manager Simon Daws felt the match had been a must-win game for Huntingdon and was encouraged by the efforts of his depleted charges who were still without a number of key players through injury.
Daws said: "We had the chances to win the game and they probably only had one good opportunity near the end.
"It was a good effort by us because we've still got a few players missing.
"There was a bit more steel about us than there has been lately and the young lads continue to do well.
"I'd like to get a couple more of the injured bodies back though because that would give us a bit more quality.
"We're finding ourselves with time on the ball and I don't think we're using it wisely enough. We're rushing things and it's all 100 miles-per-hour.
"Quality players do make a difference and that's the issue at the moment.
"But Huntingdon really needed to beat us and the most important thing for us was that we didn't lose the game.
"It's going to be nip and tuck until the end of the season, but we've just got to try and keep picking up points.”
Bourne were boosted by the return of skipper Jake Mason to their starting line-up after he missed last weekend’s defeat at Melton Town while the fit-again Dan Smith was named on the bench.
The Wakes made the most of the early running and Josh Randall blazed a good chance over the crossbar from close range following Tom Russell’s dangerous cross.
Huntingdon’s Ben Arnold was then well-placed to block a goalbound Ben Moss header after visiting goalkeeper Sarunas Snitkas had punched the ball into his path while under pressure from Mason.
Moss sent another header narrowly wide before Luis Barbosa found space for Huntingdon in a dangerous raid only for his pass to fall behind the better-placed Edmilson Fernandes who would have had a free run at goal.
Mario Neves very nearly teed up Barbosa in another promising opening for the visitors before Bourne were reduced to 10 men for 10 minutes when full-back Dan Wilson was dismissed briefly for dissent.
They managed to safely negotiate their way through to half-time and then came close to taking the lead after the break when Randall’s inswinging cross clipped the top of the bar.
Tempers then became frayed as Alex Minall’s booking sparked a mass scuffle while the referee was handing out the caution which saw Mason join Huntingdon trio Barbosa, Morgan Cogman-Wright and Arnold in the referee’s notebook.
Bourne continued to look the more threatening side and Jack Bottereill’s dipping effort was tipped over at full stretch by Snitkas with Kev Elger going close with a header from the resultant corner.
Huntingdon had their best chance in the dying throes when substitute Zach Hope burst clear down the right but his low shot flashed wide of the far post.
Bourne could then have won it in injury-time when Mason manoeuvered himself past a couple of challenges in the box only to prod his shot agonisingly wide with just Snitkas to beat.
Wakes: Eatough, A Moss, Wilson, Elger, B Moss (Richards), Bottereill, Randall, Rook (D Smith), Mason, L Russell, T Russell (O Smith). Subs not used: Doran, Woodward.
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