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FOOTBALL: 'Tremendous effort' rewarded with another point for Bourne Town

Rob Middleton's plans paid off as Bourne Town picked up a point against championship challengers Anstey Nomads.

Jake Mason and Zak Munton struck equalisers for the Wakes to deny the second-placed visitors at Abbey Lawn.

Joint boss Middleton said: "We're pleased with a point and we felt it was deserved.

Bourne Town v Anstey Nomads
Bourne Town v Anstey Nomads

"I watched Anstey Nomads last Tuesday night to get an overview of what they are all about.

"We set up accordingly by changing our normal shape to compensate for their frontline.

"As a manager, you can put these plans in place - but the lads must take them on board. I thought they executed the plan fantastically.

"In the first half, it felt like we were up against 12 men as I couldn't believe some of the decisions from the referee.

"We got two early bookings and nothing was dished out the other way.

"We could have been 2-0 up but Anstey Nomads settled into the game and took the lead.

"We dug in to equalise but they responded immediately following a free-kick which should not have been awarded.

"In the second half, Anstey Nomads dropped back a bit which helped our cause.

"We were tremendous in terms of work-rate, tenacity and effort.

"The penalty for a second equaliser was probably a bit harsh.

"We had a shot on the edge of the box, they threw bodies at it and the referee felt it was handball.

"I could understand Anstey Nomads feeling unhappy about the penalty but overall we deserved a point.

"We had to dig in for the last five minutes because they needed a win and the pressure was on.

"We had a few scrambles and a goalline clearance but we must be relatively pleased with another point.

"We've got five points from three games since Christmas, including a couple of draws against top-six sides.

"We've got to be looking for a win next Saturday away to Huntingdon Town who are below us in the table.

"The players have set the standards by performing well against top sides.

"We need to pick up more points from those teams around us or lower down the league."

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