Bourne Red U14s edged a five-thriller, winning 3-2 against Thurlby Tigers on Saunday.
Back in September Tigers had claimed the three points with a 4-3 victory and bragging rights were once again at stake at Bourne’s Recreation Ground.
A bright start by Bourne soon led to an opening goal, when striker Alfie Hick took the ball at pace and surprised Thurlby keeper Paul Watson by choosing a tight-angled shot at goal.
The Reds were marking with text-book precision, and had Thurlby on the back foot throughout the first half.
Five minutes after Hick’s goal sweeper Tom Login floated in a perfect corner for midfielder Harry Kirk to increase the home side’s lead with a powerful header.
Despite some early second half attacking, including a long range Matt Bills attempt which was denied by an outstanding save from Watson, Thurlby turned the tables on Bourne.
The ball found its way into the Bourne net with 15 minutes remaining only for the referee to rule it out for a foul on keeper Josh James .
But just a few minutes later, Tigers’ pressure finally paid off when a fine long range shot from Ben Philby flew into the top corner.
This was followed by an equaliser from George Smith but Bourne who stole the three points. A Login free kick was cleared as far as James Roffe who fired home past a stunned Tigers keeper.