Bourne Town 2 Sleaford Town 3
Monday, 24 March 2008
Bourne failed to gather any reward in their battle to beat the drop as visitors Sleaford proved the more potent side in front of goal.
The Wakes fielded seven recent recruits in their starting line up but understandably lacked cohesion.
It started well enough for Bourne who took an eighth minute lead, Mark Angel breaking on the left and crossing for Ben Stainsby to beat visiting keeper Danny Tomlinson with a cross shot.
Sleaford replied wthin a minute, Callum Lewis's wayward pass setting up Jamie Shaw for a simple equaliser.
Tomlinson saved well from Matt Holland who overlapped well to collect an Angel pass, but it was Sleaford who produced the cutting edge after 16 minutes, Matt Lunn's left wing run and cross picking out Jon Machin who timed his run into the box to perfection.
Eight minutes before the interval Sleaford extended their advantage, Shaw's pass sending strike partner Tom Siddons clear to slot home.
Machin had a shot deflected to safety at the start of the second half, but as the half progressed Bourne began to pose a threat. Angel was narrowly too high from a free kick and the same player fired into the side netting from Liam Palmer's deep cross.
Jack Whyley was too high with a close range volley while a spell of pressure saw Aaron Ridout's shot and Holland's header both blocked on the line.
Siddons missed a chance to seal Sleaford's win from a Lunn pass, but Bourne did find the target six minutes into stoppage time - too late to be any more than a consolation. Dean Flanagan broke out from defence to feed Whyley on the left and his first time pass played in Palmer whose low shot went in off the foot of a post.
Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Callum Lewis (Steve Hipkiss), Jack Smith, Adam Broom (Jack Whyley), Aaron Ridout, Dean Flanagan, Matt Holland, James Davies, Mark Angel, Ben Stainsby (Liam Palmer), Lawrence Lambley.
Sleaford: Danny Tomlinson, Matt Hodgkin, Adam Fenton (Jason Sedlan), Darren Glover, Paul Ward, Kris Jones, John Edwards (Paul Reece), Jon Machin (Carl Sedlan), Tom Siddons, Jamie Shaw, Matt Lunn.