Bourne share points with Irchester after away day draw
Bourne Town manager Simon Daws felt his side missed out on a chance to collect their third away win of the season in Uhlsport United Counties League Division One.
Despite the Wakes having bounced back from a midweek slump at Whittlesey Athletic, where they lost 4-0 on Wednesday, the draw at Irchester United left Daws and managerial colleague Nathan Arnold wanting more.
Mo Hamza put Bourne in front when he was put in behind the defence by new loan signing, ex-Pinchbeck United striker Sam Bayly.
But in windy conditions, the Romans levelled six minutes before half time with a back post header by Nathan Heycock from a corner.
The second half saw chances for both sides, with Scott Lock, Bayly and George Stainfield going closest for Bourne.
Then three minutes before full time, Wakes' goalkeeper James Leverton saw his clearance helped on by the wind, nearly catching opposite number Lewis Northrow in the Irchester goal.
Daws said: "I was disappointed that we didn't get all three points.
"It was a difficult afternoon, playing against the wind in the first game.
"But I didn't think that we made the most of it because when we clipped the ball behind the Irchester defence, the wind held it up and that's how our goal came.
"It was a good, well-worked goal where the ball went up to Sam Bayly and he nodded it into an area behind their two central defenders.
"Mo Hamza has then gone through, use his pace to go past the two defenders and tuck the ball past the goalkeeper.
"We deserved to be 1-0 up and we threatened to the same again, getting in behind them when we attacked.
"But they scored from a set-piece when a corner was delivered to the back post and their man headed it in.
"It was a different game in the second half when we were playing into the wind because balls were were knocking through midfielder were going too far.
"The second half was pretty even and we traded blows with them, although there weren't many clear-cut chances.
"James Leverton made a couple of good stops, which kept us in it, and the draw was a fair result in the end.
"But with the players we had, we didn't make the most of the opportunities with the wind in our favour."
Bourne now have a run of games that Daws said would signal the end of their "trial month" after a shorter than usual pre-season.
The Wakes host Birtsall United Social at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday when Daws and Arnold will hope to see their side claim their first home win of the season.
Meanwhile, Daws confirmed that winger Kieran Cummings, who had started the first five games of the season for Bourne, has gone on a three-week trial to Championship side Brentford.
"He's looked like a good young player while he's been with us and so he could make the grade," Daws said.
"If we lose Kieran, then good luck to him."
BOURNE TOWN: Leverton, Moss, Cardell (sub Dunn), Horton, Spencer, Dee (sub Gaukroger), Stainfield, Lock (sub Fowler), Couzens, Hamza, Bayly.Subs not used: Hibbitt, Eatough.