In-form Bourne Town aim to end perfect record
Bourne Town have found form ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Division One leaders Peterborough Sports.
The Wakes will be looking to end the city side’s 100 per cent record so far this season in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.
Steve Wilson’s youngsters maintained their mini unbeaten run to five games with a 1-0 derby win over Blackstones at Abbey Lawn on Boxing Day.
It was Blackstones who looked the more like early on with former Bourne forward Jones De Sousa shooting wide from 20 yards out after intercepting a poor clearance and Dalton Harris flagged offside after netting.
Bourne made the breakthrough with their first noteworthy attack after 20 minutes - top scorer Zak Munton glancing a header beyond keeper Lee Crockett from Jack Corby’s cross from the right.
The Wakes sought to build on the lead with Craig Rook shooting wide from Munton’s return pass and Ash Firth narrowly wide after intercepting Scott Ginty’s wayward pass.
Harris had a shot tipped to safety by Alex Brown in the home goal and then put a fierce shot wide while the final chance of the opening period fell to Addie Staffieri who broke clear on the right only to shoot wide.
Staffieri’s shot on the turn was narrowly too high on resumption and he then turned provider, feeding De Sousa who raced clear only for Brown to save with his legs.
Sam Wilson almost caught out Crockett as Bourne mounted a rare attack but play was soon at the other end again with Harris flicking a header onto the crossbar and Staffieri thwarted by a goalline clearance.
Jack Bottreill missed a chance to extend the Wakes’ lead, firing wide from a Wilson pass while Jacob Smitheringale’s through-ball released Staffieri again only for Brown to save.
Munton latched onto a ball out of defence to break clear, only to be fouled by Crockett outside the area at the cost of a yellow card.
Brown produced another good save to preserve his side’s lead, substitute Kieran Arthur the man denied.
Bourne: Brown, Corby, Zealand (D Wilson), Makepeace-Beech, Jesson, Moss, Bottreill (Blanchard), S Wilson, Munton (Spearink), Rook, Firth.
Blackstones: Crockett, Sparks (Jones), Simpson, Parker, Smitheringale, Ginty, De Sousa (Evans), Strange, Staffieri, Harris (Arthur), Mastin.