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Bourne Town conceded five times for the second successive Saturday - but joint boss Rob Middleton felt it could have been a different story.

The Wakes wasted chances to reduce the arrears at the start of the second half when they were 2-0 down.

But they were punished by Bugbrooke St Michaels at the other end of the pitch.

Bourne Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels
Bourne Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels

Middleton said: "I don't think it was as bad as the scoreline suggests.

"We were playing against the wind in the first half and we still fancied our chances of getting something after the break.

"We set about them right from the kick-off with the wind at our backs and their keeper pulled off some cracking saves.

"We missed the target from the edge of the six-yard box and Jake Mason also had a couple of chances.

"We had three or four good opportunities in that period but they broke up the other end and at 3-0 it was an uphill battle.

"We kept plugging away and pushed forward. That left us open at the back and Bugbrooke punished us.

"If we had taken any of those chances at the start of the second half, we could have made it uncomfortable for Bugbrooke.

"It might have turned into a different game but I have to give them credit.

"Bugbrooke are one of the best sides we've played and if they stick together, I'm sure they will finish in the top six.

"It didn't help ourselves with a number of changes. In the last couple of games, we've put out almost different sides.

"It's disappointing and there is going to be a lot of hard work going into the festive period.

"Overall, though, we must look back and feel relatively happy with the progress since a difficult start to the season.

"Our target was a position at Christmas where we would not get sucked into any trouble at the bottom of the table.

"We are pretty comfortable now but we need to get back to picking up points.

"This is a busy time and it's always difficult at this level on heavy pitches with bad weather conditions. I don't agree with playing on Boxing Day and I find that quite ridiculous really!"

Bourne are back home on Saturday against third-placed Melton Town. The Boxing Day trip to Blackstones kicks off at 1pm.


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