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PHOTO GALLERY: 'Absolutely fair' stalemate at Bourne Town

Bourne Town manager Rob Middleton was happy to pick up a point and a clean sheet - despite being sent to the stand for "an outburst" to the referee.

He felt the stalemate with St Andrews at Abbey Lawn on Saturday was "absolutely fair".

But Middleton was not impressed by the official who produced seven yellow cards as well as the second-half incident which took the manager away from the home dugout.

Bourne Town v St Andrews
Bourne Town v St Andrews

He said: "It was more entertaining than the scoreline suggests.

"St Andrews are vastly improved and they had scored 14 goals in the two previous games.

"Our preparation wasn't great with niggling injuries in the build-up for Reece Driscoll, Zak Munton and Jake Mason.

"Due to those concerns, there were more opportunities for a couple of young lads coming through from the reserves. They are proving invaluable to us.

"Lewis Russell, who scored twice on his first-team debut last week, did well for another 30 minutes.

"I was fearing the worst but in the end I was pleased with the shape, concentration, discipline and work-rate. All of those qualities were matched by St Andrews.

"Both sides were organised and we didn't get a lot of clear-cut chances.

"They hit the bar from a wonder strike and Munton's shot was pushed onto the woodwork by the keeper.

"Driscoll had a good strike from outside the box and it was an even battle where we had spells of 15 to 20 minutes with each team on top.

"Our defensive work was good off the ball and we played some good stuff going forward.

"The only downside was the number of bookings when there wasn't a malicious tackle in the game.

"There was one caution for dissent and another for diving when the St Andrews player lost his footing inside the box.

"I had an outburst and got sent to the stand without a warning to calm down. It was frustrating when the referee wanted to run the game with his cards, notepad and pencil.

"On the pitch, nobody lost their heads which is credit to both sets of players."

Bourne are unbeaten in five games since a last-gasp 1-0 home defeat to Melton Town just before Christmas.

The Wakes head to the third-placed side next weekend.

Middleton added: "They will be expecting a tough game from ourselves as well.

"If we go there with the same discipline, effort and concentration levels then I'm sure we can put on a show and compete."


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