Wakes slip behind in relegation dogfight

Irchester United v Bourne Town. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography EMN-140331-103529001
Irchester United v Bourne Town. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography EMN-140331-103529001

The Wakes’ bid to secure their fourth away win on the bounce to get out of the relegation zone failed on Tuesday when they went down 2-0 at Northampton Spencer.

Bourne had boosted their chances of climbing out of the bottom two in the UCL Division One with a great 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Irchester United on Saturday.

The three points took the Wakes level with local rivals Blackstones. However, the Stamford side snapped their 12-game run without a win on Wednesday, beating Lutterworth Athletic 2-0 to pull away again.

The two sides will play each other in the final game of the season after their previous meeting was abandoned at 1-0 to Bourne because of a lightning storm.

The game could well decide either side’s fate with the clubs at the top end of the PDFL Premier showing signs of wanting to move up if they meet the league’s criteria.

Reflecting on Tuesday’s loss, Bourne Town manager Darren Munton said: “Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say we were beaten by a better side.

“It was always going to be a difficult game because they have always been a good side and they have signed a winger who looked to be a couple of levels above the football we are playing in.

“We never really deserved to get anything out of the game.”

Bourne were level at half time but quickly found themselves behind after conceding a free kick which never should have been given, according to the Bourne manager. Munton was aggrieved that play was allowed to continue in the build up to the free kick after his player was fouled.

He said it was indicative of the “poor referee’s” performance on Tuesday.

Northampton’s Luke Stone scored the set piece and high-flying Spencer added their second on 74 minutes with a header.

However, with survival still mathematically in their hands, Munton is far from downbeat. He said: “A month a go we looked dead and buried but we still have plenty to play for but are running out of games to do it before the end of the season.”

However, despite some difficult opposition, Bourne’s remaining six games include five at the Abbey Lawn - Eynesbury Rovers, Whitworths, Rushden and Higham, Burton Park Wanderers and Harrowby, before the replayed derby.

Munton said: “We have done all our travelling now and hope for some home comforts.

“For a side who are struggling, we do get a good amount of support. If more people can get down and support it will help the players play better.”

Next up for Bourne is a home match at the Abbey Lawn tomorrow against Rushden and Higham, ko 3pm.