Tigers tamed by 10-man Wakes after dramatic finish to Youth League clash
A dramatic last-gasp double strike saw Bourne Town Clarets Under 18s triumph in a thrilling Peterborough Youth League Division Two derby with Thurlby on Saturday.
The young Wakes had played 75 minutes of the contest with 10 men following the sending off of Charlie Woodward who was cautioned twice early on.
They then trailed their near neighbours 3-2 with the 90th minute approaching before goals from Sam Hallam and Ian Bailey clinched a memorable win while leaving the Tigers stunned.
Bourne had started in the ascendency and, after good work from Tim Worgan down the right, his resulting cross was eventually hooked home by Bailey in only the sixth minute.
The game then changed dramatically as both sides suffered yellow cards for kicking the ball away at setpieces before Clarets right-back Woodward was shown a second yellow card in a case of mistaken identity when being adjudged to have made a late tackle.
Goalscorer Bailey was sacrificed as Will Whitaker was brought on as manager Jason Dilley regrouped his remaining 10 players with less than 15 minutes gone.
Worgan doubled the Bourne lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half before Tigers pulled one back when great vision saw a trenchant first time through ball from midfielder Sam Jordan find Alfie Jay in the box who summarily smashed home a first-time angled shot to reduce the deficit.
Jay then repaid that amazing pass with his own brilliant, clever chip over to Jordan running into the box to chest the ball down hitting home first time for an excellent, well-executed goal to draw level before half-time.
The perceived injustices from the first half galvanised the Clarets at the break and the team showed great determination in keeping Thurlby at bay as the second period wore on despite being under constant pressure as being a player down started to take its toll physically.
The back four of Whitaker, Jonathan Pitts, Owen Thomas and Reuben Cave with Rowan Good and latterly Sam Sacker in front shielding were outstanding.
Tigers eventually took the lead with a stupendous strike from well outside the box over the defence and the keeper high into the right corner by captain Angus Manning.
Thurlby looked on course to complete the double over their local arch rivals, but neither Bourne nor their supporters could envisage the final outcome.
Tigers hit the post and bar with more probing Jordan and Jay corners unable to find a connection courtesy of bad luck and good defending.
With the 90th minute approaching and having gambled by pushing Reegan Martin, Sam Callcut and Bailey up front and sacrificing a defender, Jamie Mills and Bailey combined well to win a corner and from the resulting Mills’ cross, Hallam poked home to salvage what was likely to be a well-earned draw.
However, almost immediately from the restart, Thurlby conceded possession and from a clinical through ball Bailey ran at the defence before unleashing a superb shot that hit the back of the net as the Bourne players and supporters celebrated a remarkable 90 seconds.
The remaining couple of minutes were played out without further incident with Bourne running out 4-3 winners.
Their final game of the season sees the return fixture against Thurlby on April 28, 2pm kick-off at Bourne Town’s JJ Mac Stadium.