UCL Division One - Bourne Town 3 Buckingham Town 0
The opening day of the new season can be unpredictable – but this was so unexpected as Bourne Town made it look easy.
Without finding top gear, the Wakes were comfortable home winners and full value for three points.
They took control before the big turning point which put them ahead against 10 men.
How refreshing to watch a young side who are being encouraged to pass the ball.
The frustration of boss Rafa Mazzarella was clear to see when Bourne couldn’t keep possession.
In the second half they certainly should have done much better.
But there is promise of more to come which adds to the optimism around Abbey Lawn.
They could afford to play without the first-choice goalkeeper and strikeforce on Saturday.
Club legend and reserve-team assistant-boss Jimmy McDonnell deputised in goal with very few concerns.
There was a spell after the break when Buckingham Town threatened to stage a fightback.
However, it proved to be too little, too late as Bourne regained the advantage.
Skipper Dan Smith sent an early header towards the top corner but Luke Connell produced a fingertip save.
At the other end there was a lucky escape as Robins skipper Daniel Delderfield hit the far post.
Within seconds Connell pulled off a low save from Cardin Pierre-Liverpool.
The key moment came when Pierre-Liverpool beat Dan Dyer who was sent off for a professional foul on the edge of the penalty box.
Henry Dunn’s free-kick was flicked into the net by Tyler Sculthorpe to put the Wakes ahead.
On the stroke of half-time Joe Moore-Papworth cut in from the left wing and made it 2-0.
Delderfield and Moore-Papworth forced saves in the second half but the result was not in doubt.
With two minutes to go Sculthorpe found space on the right and finished it off via the near post.
4-2-3-1: McDonnell 7; Avory 7, Elger 7, Smith 7 (sub Jesson 62 mins, 7), Wilson 7; Bottreill 7 (sub Blanchard 86 mins), Moore-Papworth 7; Sculthorpe 7, Dunn 7, Roberts 7 (sub Firth 66 mins, 6); Pierre-Liverpool 7. Sub not used: Moss.
4-2-3-1: Connell; Cardno, Weymouth, Dyer, Sheridan; Sare, Folland; Mentiply, Brent (sub Yemo-Quarshie 90 mins), Hallford; Delderfield. Subs not used: Dunwell, Robson.
Sculthorpe (34 mins, 1-0); Moore-Papworth (45 mins, 2-0); Sculthorpe (88 mins, 3-0).
Dyer (professional foul).
Dunn, Avory (unsporting behaviour); Wilson (dissent).
Tyler Sculthorpe – two goals proved crucial to reward the team’s all-round display which was full of consistency.
ON Chenecks (H) – Saturday.
@cardinpierre23 Great win today boys @BourneTownFC despite not being at our best, hopefully a sign of things to come #upthewakes