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PHOTO GALLERY: Strength, pride and character at Bourne Town after silent tribute to Conor

The points were shared on an emotional afternoon at Abbey Lawn.

A minute's silence was observed before kick-off in memory of 22-year-old Conor Murphy who tragically passed away after a long battle with cancer.

On the pitch, Bourne Town came from behind to lead at half-time through Dan Smith and Zak Munton - only for Long Buckby to hit back for a draw.

Wakes manager Rob Middleton admitted: "It was difficult for a few lads who were really good friends with Murph.

"Zak was very close to him so we made him captain and he put on a performance.

"It was tricky for everyone and Murph's dad stood in the centre circle for the minute's silence.

"I thought our lads held themselves together very well.

"We wanted to get after Long Buckby and we were on top in the first 10 to 15 minutes.

"It was disappointing that the first goal came from a free-kick when the referee and his assistant made a mistake. The player fell over with no contact because there was nobody near him.

"We didn't deal with a good delivery into the box and it was hard to swallow when we conceded like that.

"But the players showed strength and character. I was proud of them on an emotional day.

"Dan stepped up from centre-half and smashed in the leveller from just outside the box then, only a couple of minutes later, Zak put us in front.

"Unfortunately, for whatever reason, we were a bit slow coming out for the second half and we let them get back into it at 2-2.

"I didn't feel like a draw was good enough so I made the decision to push extra men forward in search of the winner.

"As a result, we had chances at both ends and it was a fair result on the balance of 90 minutes.

"We didn't play as well as we can but it's another point after losing to Melton Town last time.

"We need to get back to the levels which we are capable of producing for another tough game at home to Blackstones on Saturday."


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