Bourne Town boss Rafa Mazzarella admitted that skipper Aaron Jesson got himself and his side out of the “doghouse” with a 71st-minute winner against Blackstones at Abbey Lawn on Easter Monday.
Jesson’s “massive error” in defence led to a penalty for the Stamford side on 42 minutes which Martin Holyoak slotted home to put the Wakes behind at half-time.
But two goals in six second-half minutes from substitute Zak Munton, son of club legend Darren Munton, and Jesson earned Bourne the derby bragging rights.
Mazzarella said: “It was far from pretty but we did the job and got the three points.
“I started to sense that the boys had the end of the season in their sights and motivation wasn’t easy for them.
“But we changed formation at half-time and we deserved the win.
“Our captain (Jesson) made a massive error for the penalty but whether we deserved to be 1-0 down at half-time I would strongly say no.
“Jesson was in the doghouse at half-time after giving away the penalty, but he made up for it with the winning goal.”
Mazzarella heaped praise on youngster Munton for his part in the Wakes’ win but cautioned against too much expectation being put on him too soon.
“Zak’s a first year, under-18 player who we’ve got involved in the reserves where he’s scored a couple of goals,” Mazzarella said.
“But he’s nowhere near ready to step up consistently to the first team.”
Bourne will be all out for revenge against promotion-chasing Rothwell Corinthians at Abbey Lawn on Saturday after a 4-0 defeat at Sergeants Lawn two weeks ago.
Mazzarella said: “I was disappointed in how we performed at Rothwell, so we’ll be going out to try and do well on Saturday.”
Bourne: Fagan, Walklin, Wilson, Moss, Jesson, Placis, Sculthorpe (Bottreill), Dunn, Spearink (Munton), Hales, Pierre-Liverpool (Bull).