Cup victory eclipses league title triumph
Delighted manager Curly Glover hailed his side’s performance as their best-ever as Bourne Town made progress in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night after a dramatic victory over Spalding United.
Two goals in the final five minutes earned the Wakes a 3-2 away victory in the first qualifying round clash at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.
Glover has been in charge of the Bourne young guns since they were Under 7s and led them to league championship glory in Division Three of the Peterborough Youth League last season.
But he felt Tuesday’s momentous victory eclipsed any previous achievement as they battled back from 2-0 down to earn a tie against either Grantham Town or Harborough Town in the next round.
Glover said: “I was still smiling when I woke up on Wednesday morning.
“We were a bit apprehensive going into the game as we hadn’t played any friendlies because teams couldn’t raise sides to play against us.
“That probably explained why we started slowly but, after their second goal, every player was excellent.
“We got a goal back just before half-time which meant we came out for the second half with our heads up.
“I told the players to go out for the second half and enjoy it and not have any regrets on the way home.
“Every single player who started or came on as a sub made an impact. We had three or four new players but everyone gelled which was great to see.
“I have been running this side since they were Under 7s and this was the best performance we have ever had.
“We won the league by 10 points last season, but this victory felt better than that. We were all overenjoyed.”
Spalding looked to have taken control of the contest after taking the lead through an own goal and Delphin Esteves’ long-range strike.
But Bourne pulled one back before the break through Ryan Sharp who levelled with eight minutes to go and then substitute Oliver Parkin won it at the end after Luke Glover’s free-kick had rattled the Spalding crossbar.
Spalding United development manager Lewis Thorogood said: “We came out of the blocks really well but we must give credit to Bourne who are a talented team.
“They got a goal back before half-time and kept going.
“They were going for it in the second half by bombarding our box.
“When they equalised, we felt we could dig in and take the tie into extra-time. But a free-kick hit the underside of the bar and they headed the winner in the first minute of stoppage-time.”
Bourne: Rory Edens, Joshua Haynes-Barrett, Oliver Troth, Joe Cullen, Tom Richardson, Oliver Wilson, Jack Durno, Luke Glover, Ryan Sharp, Tom Lavender, Elliott Price. Subs: Jamie Wand, Harrison Taylor, Oliver Smith, Oliver Parkin.
The Wakes first team are in action at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday when they entertain Aylestone Park in Division One of the United Counties League.