Bourne boys are county champions

County Champions! Bourne Academy's U14 football team
County Champions! Bourne Academy's U14 football team
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BOURNE Academy’s Year 9 U14 footballers won two county titles in the space of three days at the end of term.

First they retained their South Lincolnshire Schools title after hammering Boston’s Haven High 5-1, and then beat Queen Elizabeth Grammar School of Gainsborough 3-2 to be crowned county champions.

Bourne Academy were dominant from the outset against Haven and it wasn’t long before Rob Parker-Meadows buried a volley into the roof of the net. On 17 minutes George Couzens lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper to double Bourne’s lead, and by the midway point of the half Bourne had an unassailable three goal lead.

Zak Munton took a pot shot from the edge of the area which the keeper mishandled and dropped into his own net for number three.

Couzens, Ewan O’Connell and Munton combined for Couzens to make it 4-0 after the break and Couzens completed his hat-trick with a lovely free-kick, curled over and round the wall inside of the far post for the fifth.

Haven’s consolation came from a deflected free kick.

Bourne Academy were then crowned county champions at the home of Sleaford Town where they beat the Gainsborough school 3-2.

The Academy boys took just five minutes to take the lead with Couzens again on the scoresheet, converting a Munton corner.

A defensive lapse on 12 minutes led to the equaliser but the Bourne side were back ahead before half time thanks to another Couzens strike.

The Gainsborough school levelled again, scoring from a free kick after Bourne needlessly conceded a foul on the edge of the area.

But Bourne Academy rallied Munton won the ball to play in Couzens, who struck the ball through a crowd of players for the winner - and his second hat-trick in three days.

The school thanked Chromasport & Leisure for providing the school with a new kit for the finals.

Bourne Academy: Thomas Branch, Matthew Wilson, George Couzens, Alex Weeks, Robert Parker-Meadows, Liam Gibson, Joe Roberts, Nathan Davies, Aaron Fleet, Zak Munton, Ewan O’Connell, Connor Durrant, Jonjo Roberts.