A lack of goals at one end and too many at the other was the story of Bourne’s season but on occasions they proved they can find the net.
Indeed, they scored ten goals in the space of four days in September.
Alec Robinson scored six of those ten and maybe the Wakes would have had a better chance of staying up had he been around for longer.
He returned from coaching abroad towards the end of the season and had the honour of scoring the final goal of Darrem Munton’s managerial spell, and possibly the Wakes’ last goal in the UCL depending on whether they are re-elected.
Robinson’s double against fellow strugglers Blackstones back in September should have inspired their first win of the campaign but an amazing finish saw the game end all-square.
Aaron Jesson had fired them ahead two minutes into added on time but the Wakes were stunned by a 96th minute equaliser to make it 5-5.
Thankfully the first win came three days later as Robinson bagged four in a 5-3 victoy over Irchester, although the scoreline would have been closer had Aaron Bellairs not saved a penalty.
Bellairs didn’t fare so well two weeks later when the Wakes were hit for double-figuress by a goal-hungry Oadby side who hammered them 10-0.
Octobr didn’t get much better as Bourne lost all six league games and conceded 23 goals along the way, while they also lost 7-4 at Sleaford in the opening round of the Lincs Senior Trophy.
Bourne proved they were capable of overcoming adversity when drawing 3-3 at home to Olney, despite John Currall seeing red. John Cardall grabbed the equaliser and was then denied a winner by a goal-line clearance right at the death.
They followed up with a 4-2 victoy over Buckingham thanks to Rob Dunn’s double and the Wakes actually climbed out of the bottom two when they won at basement side Woodford in December.
A 5-0 win at Bugbrooke St Michael next time out brought further hope, Paul Clark scoring twice, but sadly results like that were the exceptions to the norm.
Bourne’s home form let them down, their last victory at Abbey Lawn seeing them complete the double over Woodford, but on the road they fared a little better. Three successive away wins in March increased hope of avoiding the bottom two but they were unable to capitalise as they struggled to win, or even score, on their home patch.
Darren Munton felt the two 0-0 draws at home to Rushden and Higham and then Burton Park Wanderers in the space of five days in April were particularly costly as he felt they were games they were capable of winning. The latter game proved frustrating for Alex Brockbank as he saw an effort cleared off the line and then saw a penalty saved.
Munton said: “We were found out big-time this season. Had we taken six points from those two home games instead of drawing them 0-0 then it could have been all to play for.
“We gave far too many goals away cheaply and didn’t score enough but I’m not going to knock the lads because they didn’t ask for a penny and they gave it their best. If the club are demoted then some of the players will be playing at the right level because they found it tough this season.”
Bourne’s league results
Aug 10 H Thrapston 1-1 Currall
Aug 17 A Raunds 1-4 Hood
Aug 20 H Peterborough Sports 2-6 Brockbank, Hood
Aug 24 H Northampton ON Chenecks 1-3 Nelson
Aug 31 H Bugbrooke St Michaels 0-1
Sept 3 A St Neots Town Saints 2-6 Currall 2
Sept 7 A Olney 1-3 Currall
Sept 11 H Blackstones 5-5 Robinson 2, Nelson, Rook, Jesson
Sept 14 H Irchester 5-3 Robinson 4, Pick
Sept 21 H Raunds 2-2 `Pick 2
Sept 28 A Oadby 0-10
Oct 5 A Rushden and Higham 0-1
Oct 8 A Potton 3-5 Kilbride 2, Hood
Oct 12 A Buckingham 0-4
Oct 19 H Northampton Spencer 2-5 Currall, Nelson
Oct 22 A Burton Park 2-4 Nelson 2
Oct 26 H Oadby 2-4 Currall 2
Nov 2 H Olney 3-3 Robinson, Kilbride, Cardall
Nov 9 H Buckingham 4-2 Dunn, Currall, Pick
Nov 13 A Peterborough Sports 0-1
Nov 16 A Rothwell 1-4 Nelson
Nov 26 H St Neots Town Saints 2-3 Clark, Kilbride
Nov 30 H Rothwell Corinthians 1-2 Rook
Dec 7 A Woodford 3-2 Searson, Rook, Moss
Dec 14 A Bugbrooke St Michaels Clark 2, Robinson, Kilbride, Smith
Dec 21 H Lutterworth 1-3 Rook
Dec 26 A Harrowby 2-6 Smith, Holliday
Dec 28 A Eynesbury 0-4
Feb 22 H Woodford 4-2 Jesson, Smith, Mason, Searson
Mar 1 A Thrapston 1-7 Brockbank
Mar 8 A Lutterworth 1-3 Rook
Mar 15 A Northampton ON Chenecks 2-1 Brockbank
Mar 18 A Wellingborough 1-0 Mason
Mar 22 H Potton 0-2
Mar 29 A Irchester 2-1 Brockbank, Hood
Apr 1 A Northampton Spencer 0-2
Apr 5 H Rushden & Hiham 0-0
Apr 9 H Burton Park 0-0
Apr 12 H Eynesbury 0-2
Apr 15 H Wellingborough 3-5 Hood 2, Rook
Apr 21 H Harrowby 0-3
Apr 24 A Blackstomes 1-1 Robinson
League goalscorers: Alec Robinson 9; John Currall 7; Richard Nelson 7; Seb Hood 6; Craig Rook 6; Jason Kilbride 5; Alex Brockbank 4; Darren Pick 4; Paul Clark 3; Andy Mason 3; Dan Smith 3; Tom Cardall 2; Aaron Jesson 2; Andy Moss 2; Joe Searson 2; Rob Dunn 1.