Wakes in touching distance of escape

Bourne Town v Rushden and Higham United. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography EMN-140704-112538001
Bourne Town v Rushden and Higham United. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography EMN-140704-112538001
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Bourne Town blew a golden chance to ease their fears of demotion from UCL Division One after a pair of 0-0 draws this week.

On Wednesday Bourne saw out a goalless draw against Burton Park Wanderers at the Abbey Lawn having had the same result at home to Rushden and Higham United on Saturday.

Under the lights on Wednesday a penalty save from Alex Brockbank and a glaring miss from five yards out by Seb Hood were the worst examples of the Wakes letting two points slip through their fingers.

With Blackstones losing again at the weekend Bourne are now one point away from getting out of the bottom two.

Darren Munton’s side more than matched their opponents currently inside the top-ten of UCL Division One but lacked the clinical edge needed to take their chances.

Dan Smith made a vital block for the Wakes after three minutes to deny Alfie Taylor in front of goal before the home side created openings of their own.

Stuart Lambie shot narrowly wide from 20 yards before Tom Cardall saw his 25-yard pile-driver thunder off the Wanderers cross bar.

Then Andy Moss was denied by a point blank save from Craig Patterson and Alex Brockbank had his follow-up shot cleared off the line by Tommy Newman.

But eight minutes before the break, Newman fouled Andy Moss in the box and Brockbank stepped up to take the resulting penalty which was saved turned round the post by Patterson.

More Wakes chances came in the second half, including Seb Hood missing a sitter after Lambie’s cross from the right found his team-mate inside the six yard box.

When Craig Rook fired a shot straight at Patterson on 74 minutes, Wakes boss Munton summed up the night perfectly with the words “so many chances”.

Taylor put a fierce shot wide after Wayne Brown and Ben Wharton set up the chance.

Late on, Burton applied some pressure as an Alfie Taylor flick put Cavell Jarvis clear, only for Bellairs to save with his legs before Wayne Brown had his last-gasp shot cleared off the line.

After the match, Munton said: “We deserved to win the game but for that little bit of quality in the final third (of the pitch).

“We were worthy of a point but I’m gutted for the boys because it was a game we should have won.

“If we can show that sort of effort and commitment in our remaining games, I’m sure that we’ll get a win soon.”

On Saturday keeper Aaron Bellairs had to be in top form to keep a clean sheet against Rushden in a hard thought draw.

Even then Bourne had one second half scare when the visitors netted - but the effort was ruled out for offside.