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FOOTBALL: Bourne Town left frustrated by last-gasp leveller




'The good, bad and ugly' was Bourne Town boss Rob Middleton's assessment after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser.

Bottom-of-the-table Raunds Town rescued a point at Kiln Park on Saturday after the Wakes took control through Max Cooper and Warren McSkelly.

Middleton reflected: "I don't think I've seen any side create so many opportunities in the first 10 minutes of a game but we were abysmal in front of goal in terms of our finishing.

Max Cooper
Max Cooper

"The build-up play was very good and it could have been game, set and match even at such an early stage.

"We should have been at least 3-0 up from seven or eight chances.

"Raunds grew in confidence and the rest of the first half was pretty even.

"We wanted more of the same in the second period by keeping our shape, working hard and finding more quality in the final third.

"However, we went 1-0 down and showed character by responding.

"At 2-1 up, we dug in but our game management wasn't good enough in the final five minutes. We didn't get the ball in the right areas or retain possession.

"The second goal for Raunds came from a throw-in when we weren't in position to defend properly so it was disappointing to lose two points in the closing seconds.

"Overall, though, it was probably a fair result and we're happy with another point away from home against a side who are improving.

"It was frustrating that we hadn't played since Boxing Day and we only managed one training session last Thursday.

"I found it astounding at this level that we didn't play on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year.

"We wanted to keep the momentum going from a very good result at Blackstones.

"Going into this game at Raunds, I was concerned about the players being lethargic and lacking sharpness.

"Raunds won all three home games in December so we couldn't read anything into the league table when they had picked up points in a short space of time.

"They were certainly a different side to the one which lost 7-1 at Abbey Lawn in October. They have every chance of getting out of the bottom two."

Cooper's looping header from Craig Rook's free-kick got Bourne back on level terms.

They went ahead when Raunds failed to clear their lines and McSkelly popped up inside the area with a smart finish.

Middleton added: "It doesn't get any easier for us either as we're at home to title challengers Anstey Nomads next Saturday."

Rob Middleton
Rob Middleton


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