FOOTBALL: Bourne Town's errors gift goals to championship challengers
Bourne Town's mini unbeaten run ended at third-placed Melton Town.
The Wakes had picked up nine points from five games since a last-gasp home defeat to the Leicestershire side just before Christmas.
But two goalkeeping errors from Ant Murphy gifted a first-half advantage to the title contenders on Saturday.
Manager Rob Middleton said: "Melton are a very good side who are paying a lot of money to challenge at the top.
"They are serious contenders because they have found that extra 10 to 15 per cent which they were maybe lacking at the start of the season.
"They will push for the title and we're trying to achieve a respectable top-half finish.
"Unfortunately, we had some awful preparation for this game which forced a late reshuffle.
"We knew Jake Mason and Lewis Russell would be missing but then I got two text messages within 15 minutes from Max Cooper and Reece Driscoll to say they were ill.
"We were waiting to find out if the reserve game would go ahead then I called up Ben Moss, Andy Young and Matthew Bills to help us out.
"We set out our stall to frustrate Melton by changing our shape and it seemed to be working from the kick-off.
"We were getting the ball into our strikers and showing signs that we could nick a goal on the break.
"Melton didn't create a chance until a soft shot from the edge of the area went through our keeper's hands.
"We stuck to the task and stayed compact when Melton had possession but they weren't putting us under pressure.
"Then we had a carbon copy of the first goal so we were 2-0 down from two goalkeeping mistakes.
"Ant has been one of our best signings by helping us to pick up points. But he apologised for those errors.
"We should have gone into half-time at 0-0. Instead, we were looking to get ourselves back into the game.
"It wasn't a disaster at 2-0 down because all the pressure is on Melton to win the league.
"But I wasn't happy about the third goal from a short corner. Our players stayed in the six-yard box and didn't react, giving them time to pick out a team-mate to slot inside the post.
"It was a poor goal which shouldn't happen so all three goals had been absolute gifts.
"We had a 15-minute spell in their half but we got overloaded at a corner and they made it 4-0 by breaking quickly.
"It could have been a different game and overall I wasn't too disappointed. Melton deserved to win."
Bourne will be looking to bounce back at Abbey Lawn next weekend against 14th-placed Long Buckby.