Bourne fail to give Munton a win in his final home match in charge

Bourne Town before their final home game of the season against  Harrowby United.  Photo: kevinrookphotography.com EMN-140424-095323001
Bourne Town before their final home game of the season against Harrowby United. Photo: kevinrookphotography.com EMN-140424-095323001
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Bourne saw any lingering hopes of escaping the bottom two dashed as promotion-chasing Harrowby ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Abbey Lawn.

The Wakes knew only victories in their final two games would give them even the slightest chance of avoiding the bottom two but this defeat means tonight’s trip to fellow strugglers Blackstones is merely about salvaging some pride.

It could have been so different had Bourne finished off a couple of first-half chances but the game typified their season as poor defending cost them dearly.

Defeat in Darren Munton’s final home game in charge was typical of many of their performances at the Abbey Lawns.

Seb Hood saw an effort saved beforeLee Shaw, who had tested Aaron Bellairs early on, opened the scoring after 22 minutes.

Scott Webb added a second for the Arrows ten minutes later and Shaw’s second after 73 minutes sealed Bourne’s fate.

The Wakes must now wait to see if they will remain in the division.

They must apply for re-election but with teams applying to step up in the UCL these are uncertain times for the Wakes.

The next UCL meeting is on May 12 but in the meantime Bourne must play a waiting game.

Munton is standing down in the summer with Rafa Mazzarella due to arrive from Peterborough Northern Star Reserves to replace him and the outgoing boss admits he can’t wait for the season to end.

He said: “It’s been a tough season. I seem to be more than the manager as I am marking the pitch and putting the nets up.

“Rafa has done well at Peterborough Northern Star Reserves and hopefully he will attract some more players.

“We’ll just have to wait and see if we get re-elected.

“Hopefully we will at least end on a high tonight. It’s all about salvaging some pride.

“Monday was typical of our season as we keep on gifting goals.

“We gave them their first two goals, the first when giving away a silly free-kick and the second just by not defending well, but it’s earlier in the season when the damage was done.

The two 0-0 draws at home to Burton Park and then Rushden and Higham costly and had we picked up six points in them we may have had a chance.