First home win boosts Bourne for Vase clash
A hat-trick from Zak Munton helped inspire Bourne Town to make United Counties League Cup progress on Tuesday night.
Munton’s magnificent treble took care of Division One rivals Harrowby United after a cracking cup clash at the Abbey Lawn.
Bourne battled back from conceding a second minute opener to blunt the high-flying Arrows and earn a home clash with Premier Division neighbours Pinchbeck United in the next round.
Joint Bourne boss Rob Middleton commented: “We had a game-plan on how Harrowby would play, but you think that's gone out of the window when they score in the first couple of minutes.
"However, the players stuck to it and showed fantastic character to get the result. I was chuffed to bits with the win.
"We'd probably have swapped a cup win for three points, but it was a great result against a good level of opposition and is a boost going into the FA Vase game on Saturday.”
Middleton also praised the impact of the returning Jake Mason who forged a promising partnership with Munton in the Wakes attack.
He added: “Zak was on good form, but having Jake Mason up there with him was a big help.
"Jake deserves a lot of credit because he did plenty of the horrible stuff to take the centre-halves away for Zak to get in the spaces.
"Jake was a bit stiff afterwards and the first one to go straight in the ice bath because it was his first blow-out for while, but I was really pleased with him and we're hoping he'll stay with us and be in the squad on Saturday.
"The starting 11 has probably picked itself so far, but we've now got plenty of good options so everything is looking a lot brighter.
"It was probably the first time this season we had a decent number of bodies to choose from. It's now given us the other sort of headache of keeping people within the squad happy.”
The Wakes fell behind in the early stages of the preliminary round clash which was switched to the Abbey Lawn due to floodlight issues at Harrowby’s Environcom Stadium.
A long ball over the top was latched onto by Tyrell Lewis-Shannon who ignored strong home calls for offside to slot home the opening goal.
Against a visiting side that had scored 16 goals in their last three games, Bourne regained their composure well and grew into the contest.
They got back on level terms after 19 minutes through Munton who raced onto a ball into the right channel before firing a first-time shot which caught Arrows custodian Sam Andrews off guard.
Kuda Burutsa then saw a decent strike palmed away by Andrews before Bourne took the lead for the first time when Munton produced a sharp turn in the box to create space and smash home his effort.
Harrowby responded with Wakes goalkeeper Reece Evans making an excellent reflex save to keep out a Nathan Kelly free-kick which had been awarded after the home custodian was adjudged to have handled just outside his box.
Lewis-Shannon then dragged another effort narrowly wide of the home goal as Bourne held their advantage going into the break.
The home side were then in the ascendency again at the start of the second period with Munton seeing a shot deflected onto the crossbar with Will Mann heading inches over from the resultant corner.
Those chances looked to have come back to hurt Bourne when Harrowby equalised after 65 minutes as Jurelle Philip rifled home a sharp finish.
It then needed a couple more smart saves from Evans to deny Philip and Kelly before Bourne regained the lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Substitute Christian Anderson made a bright burst down the left with his low cross picking out Munton who slotted home his hat-trick goal from close range to secure a first home success of the season for the Wakes who host March Town on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.
Bourne: Evans, Currall (Anderson), Cooper, Elger, W Mann, Bottreill, Munton, Burutsa (Russell), Mason (Dore), Rook, T Mann. Not used: Waumsley, Robinson.