Bourne go out of FA Vase at home to Loughborough University
Bourne Town's three-game unbeaten run came to a sudden and decisive halt at the hands of a far superior Loughborough University side at the JJ Mac Stadium today (Saturday).
The form book which saw a Uhlsport United Counties League Division One side start out as long odds underdogs against Premier Division opponents was never in danger of being upset at the Scholars brought the brand of fast tempo football that has seen them win plenty admirers in Step 5 football.
Missing on-loan Stamford striker Sam Bayly, Bourne joint manager Nathan Arnold partnered Kieran Cummings in a wide attacking role for the home side, with George Couzens given a freer role in behind them.
But the outcome of the game was too predictable from the moment Bourne goalkeeper James Leverton almost saw his attempted clearance cannon off defender Josh Spencer and straight into the path of Will Dawes.
Loughborough could have been ahead inside ten minutes when striker Tope Fadamunsi set up a shooting chance for Ronan Silva, only for the Scholars captain to fire over when unmarked.
Soon afterwards, Leverton did well to keep out a low, curling effort from Dawes before the visitors took the lead through Fadamunsi who finished coolly when one on one with the Bourne keeper.
A second followed when Silva made room for himself inside the Wakes' box before slotting past Leverton.
Silva almost made it 3-0 a minute later when the Bourne defence were once again unlocked, but Scott Lock managed to race back and clear the ball off the line.
Bourne had to wait 27 minutes for a chance on goal for Mo Hamza who slipped inside his marker and shot low just the wrong side of the left hand post.
Kieran Cummings, recently on trial at Championship side Brentford, had chances to show his speed throughout the game and, on one occasion, he managed to break free of his markers before a last ditch tackle stopped him having a shot on the Loughborough goal.
Before half time, Leverton was called on to palm away an angled drive from Silva and keep Bourne just about in the tie.
However, when Cummings drove towards the box before putting a cross onto the head of Arnold, it looked like the Wakes were ready to get a goal back.
But no sooner did Arnold head wide then Loughborough went straight down the other end and scored.
Right wing back Kieran Smith broke clear and fed Fadamunsi who set up Silva for his second goal of the game.
An injury to Josh Spencer meant the Wakes had to play the last 20 minutes with ten men, having made all three substitutions within the first 20 minutes of the second half.
Leverton managed another good save from Tom Iaciofranco before Fadamunsi put the rebound wide from six yards out.
But there was no mistake when, with nine minutes left, Fadamunsi slotted in his second and Loughborough's fourth goal of the game.
The last kick of the game saw Wakes' substitute Patrick Frain just fail to grab a consolation goal for the home side, shooting wide from 15 yards out.
5-2-1-2: Leverton; Gaukroger, Baldock-Smith, Lock, Spencer, Hamza (sub Stainfield, 45 mins); Horton, Dunn (sub Dee, 64 mins); Couzens (sub Frain, 64 mins); Cummings, Arnold. Subs not used: Eatough, Fowler.
3-4-2-1: Hilton; Parsons, Le Rougetel, Clibbens; Smith, Silva, Iaciofranco, Sackey-Mensah; Dawes (sub Wilson, 68 mins); Last (sub Noble, 61 mins); Fadamunsi (sub Cashmore, 82 mins). Subs not used: Larsen, Hartman.
Fadamunsi (12 mins, 0-1); Silva (18 mins, 0-2); Silva (49 mins, 0-3); Fadamunsi (81 mins, 0-4).
Couzens, Stainfield, Parsons (fouls).
Bugbrooke St Michael (H) - Saturday.