Bad luck for Bourne at home but side still short of quality
The honeymoon is well and truly over for Bourne Town after a fourth successive defeat under manager Simon Daws.
A deflected free kick from Bugbrooke St Michaels' defender Calvin Green and a goal from a clearance that ricocheted into the path of an unmarked Jake Bettles made it a grim Saturday for the Wakes.
But not even the most loyal fan at the JJ Mac Stadium could argue against the fact that the home side did nowhere near enough to win the game.
Daws sent his side out in a 5-3-2 formation, with captain Seb Hood and Kev Elger adding some steel in the Wakes' defence.
But a series of firm tackles in the early stages of the game were undone by Bourne giving away too many free kicks, not all of them convincing, allowing Green to show his threat from set-pieces.
Twice in the first ten minute, Bourne keeper Kyle Evans had to be alert as Jason Lee headed Green's first free kick towards goal, while a second header from another free kick soon afterwards was palmed away from danger.
At the other end, Julian Joachim shot straight at Bugbrooke keeper Antonio Aguilar when the ex-Leicester City and Aston Villa was set up in front of the visitors' goal.
But Bugbrooke's third free kick saw Green go for a goal himself and a helpful deflection meant that Evans was beaten low down to his right hand post.
John Curral delivered a left-wing cross that nearly dipped under Aguilar's bar, while Tom Russell shot from 20 yards and forced Aguilar into a save.
As the second half started, Bourne enjoyed some early pressure and a corner from Joachim was headed goalwards by full back Tom Cardell, only for the Bugbrooke keeper to make a tidy save.
Ex-Deeping Rangers attacker Jeremiah Adams thought he had made the points safe for Bugbrooke after turning in a right win cross, only for him to see the flag go up for offside.
But the visitors increased their lead with 20 minutes to go as an attempted clearance by Bourne rebounded into the path of Bettles who was free inside the Wakes' penalty box to slot home underneath Evans' body.
BOURNE:Evans; Curral (sub Remeter 67 mins), Hood, Elger, Mason, Cardell; Moss (sub Randall 73 mins)T. Russell (sub L. Russell 81 mins), Botterill; Zakaria, Joacjim.Sub not used: Ramazami.
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