Brazilian lifts Wakes with a debut strike

Ikharo Leopoldino scored on his Bourne debut Photo: Kevin Rook
Ikharo Leopoldino scored on his Bourne debut Photo: Kevin Rook

ON Chenecks 2

Bourne Town 2

BRAZILIAN Ikharo ‘Ikhy’ Leopoldino gave the Wakes an instant lift, scoring just 43 minutes into his debut against Northampton ON Chenecks.

Bourne had waited several weeks to receive clearance for the striker to play and his fine finish rewarded their patience on Saturday.

Ikhy doubled the Wakes’ lead with a smart shot from the edge of the box to the delight of his boss, who stood-in as goalkeeper in the absence of regular keeper Dan Jarman. And Bourne had looked like taking three points for the second game running until they were caught late on.

Munton, who had been unable to find a replacement for Jarman, blamed himself for the equaliser but was delighted by Ikhy’s start in Bourne colours.

Munton said: “Ikharo looked lively. It’s always nice for a striker to get a goal on his debut.

“I’m not too disappointed with a point even though we did lead the game for a long time.

“I should have stayed on my line for the second goal, but I couldn’t have done a lot about the first one.”

Bourne, who hoped to build on last week’s victory over Potton, looked a bit shaky for the opening 15 minutes with backs-to-the-wall defending as the hosts won a string of corners, to test the Wakes ‘rookie’ keeper. But apart from one cross striking the post, Munton dealt with the onslaught with confidence, adding his usual vocal encouragement for good measure.

Once the early threat from Chenecks was subdued, Bourne began to relax and make inroads into the home team’s defence.

Young talent Jack Humphries showed quality, meeting a great diagonal through-ball to firmly strike the ball inside the far post to give the visitors the lead on 22 minutes.

At the top end of the team, playing alongside lively Alex Brockbank, Ikharo Leopoldino, made an instant impact.

Typical tricky Brazilian footwork enabled Icky to give himself a yard of space inside the box to slot the ball past the home custodian three minutes from the break.

Chenecks attempted to get back into the game through a low angled shot on the break but Munton showed strong hands to push the ball out of danger.

Bourne expected a response from the usually free-scoring home side after the break and the pressure was on the visitors right from the restart.

Strong play from Seb Hood, Aaron Jesson and the reliable Dan Smith, looked like denying the Cheneck’s strike force, Munton himself cutting out a couple of searching crosses like an expert but with two quick goals the points were shared in the final ten minutes of this entertaining fixture.

Credit to Bourne for showing resilience, especially after another re-shuffle due to injuries and unavailability.

Bourne: Darren Munton, Craig Rook, Tom Cardall (Nico Staffieri), Seb Hood, Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Joe Braithwaite, Guiliano Staffieri, Alex Brockbank, Ikharo Leopoldino (Tom Dunn), Jack Humphries (Ashley Firth).