With the 25th anniversary of Bourne Town clinching their last UCL Premier Division title just two weeks away, the next generation of club legends may have just emerged.
After a first half where the Wakes had to bide their time, Steve Wilson’s young pretenders showed why the doom and gloom of two seasons ago when Bourne won just eight of their 42 UCL Division One matches is now forgotten.
If there was a hard luck story, then 23-goal striker Zak Munton should step forward with no reward in front of goal for his unselfish set-up play, constant harrying of the Bugbrooke St Michaels defence and tireless effort for his team-mates.
Indeed Munton may have scored after five minutes when hesitation in the Badgers’ defence almost allowed him to poke the ball past goalkeeper Sean Green.
Meanwhile, the visitors’ only route to goal was from set-pieces like the one on 16 minutes when right-back Joe Handley swung in a free-kick which unmarked striker Dean McCaffery inexplicably headed over the bar.
The Bourne script could have unravelled, though, when key midfielder Jack Humphries was forced off due to a blow to the head, allowing Max Cooper to come on and join the assault on the Badgers.
Munton and Rook both went close, the latter with a free-kick that Green spilled, before the first half ended and Wakes manager Steve Wilson knew that a “keep doing the same thing” team talk was all that was needed.
That was borne out two minutes into the second half when a slick move involving Rook, Tyler Sculthorpe and Munton was finished by Sam Wilson with a flashing 15-yard drive into the top right-hand corner.
Bourne scented blood up front while keeping things tight at the back as shown by centre-half Dan Smith who put in a goal-saving block to deny Bugbrooke’s Jeff Bigley from 10 yards out.
It was a full-on attack from Bourne as Wilson and Rook tried their luck from distance before Wilson made it 2-0 on 66 minutes after a run and pass by Munton, getting a call from his team-mate who was better positioned to score.
By now Bugbrooke were beaten even when McCaffery almost unexpectedly grabbed a goal back on 73 minutes with another Handley pass which the Badgers’ striker glanced wide.
At the other end, Munton’s best chance to make it to 24 goals this season came with 15 minutes to go when he glided past Bugbrooke’s Gav Nullatamby, only to fire over the bar.
With three minutes left, Wakes substitute Cooper accepted a gift from Munton to score and seal a good win.
4-1-4-1: Fagan 6; Corby 7, Elger 7, Smith 8, Zealand 8 (sub Moss 63 mins, 7); Bottreill 7; Humphries 6 (sub Cooper 24 mins, 7), Wilson 9, Rook 8, Sculthorpe 8; Munton 8.
BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS
4-4-2: Green; Handley, Inwoood, Nullatamby, Nash (sub Duggan 66 mins); J Moore (sub Cormac 36 mins), Bigley, Harrison, N Moore; McCaffery, Hall (sub Clayson 66 mins), Harrison.
Wilson (47 mins, 1-0); Wilson (66 mins, 2-0); Cooper (87 mins, 3-0).
Sam Wilson – not just for his two goals but also for all-round link-up play to make things happen.
Rushden & Higham (H) – April 16.