MATCH VERDICT: Bourne Town make costly mistakes in defeat to Long Buckby
Bourne Town’s young side experienced the twists and turns of a season in one game where costly mistakes gave visitors Long Buckby the points.
Wakes manager Jimmy McDonnell made three changes to the side that lost at Whittlesey Athletic six days earlier, with goalkeeper James Thomas, right back Jack Corby and midfielder James Zealand coming in for Alex Brown, Max Avory and Jack Bottreill respectively.
But the home side got an early taste of the ammunition Long Buckby brought with them, fresh from a 4-1 win against Whittlesey Athletic, the previous Friday.
Winger Mana Salumu gave Wakes’ left back Robbie Relf a torrid afternoon that ended mercifully for the defender at half-time when he was replaced by Ian Goode. McDonnell calculating that the pace of Max Cooper might be better served in his back line.
But Bourne had to suffer early threats on their goal from Ed Kostiuk, dangerous right winger Dale Linton and Ricky Barby who forced Thomas to tip over a lob a third of the way through the first half.
Not that Bourne didn’t have chance of their own during this period, with Zealand giving Zak Munton an early chance that was blocked by a Bucks defender.
Chromasports & Trophies United Counties League Division One: Bourne Town 1 Long Buckby 3
Then midway through the half, George Couzens let fly with a 20-yard drive after he was set up by Corby which Long Buckby keeper Jordan May was relieved to see go just past his left hand post.
Long Buckby took the lead through Linton who captalised on a static Bourne defence to latch onto a loose ball and lash home from the left hand edge of the penalty box.
Only minutes earlier, Linton had found himself in referee Shaun Gray’s notebook for a needless touchline challenge on Wakes central defender Kevin Elger.
The tactical switch on Bourne’s left hand side, with Cooper supporting Goode, bore fruit as Bourne slowly, came back in the game.
Despite Salumu and Linton forcing saves out of Thomas, the Wakes got the equaliser they deserved when a defensive lapse allowed Munton to chase a ball deep in the Long Buckby half and slide home from an angle.
However, the hard work was undone moments later when a weak clearance from Thomas wasn’t dealt with by Elger and Smith, allowing Ricky Barby to lob over the stranded Bourne keeper to put the visitors back in front.
The home side were then finished off when Linton combined with Kostiuk who expertly drove his 15-yard effort into the top right hand corner of Thomas’s net.
Linton and Callum Yeates both went close to making it four right at the end, but three proved enough for the Bucks.
4-4-1-1: Thomas 7; Corby 5, Elger 6, Smith 6, Relf 4 (sub Goode 45 mins, 6); Willerton 6 (sub Spearink 57 mins, 7), Zealand 6 (sub Collins 74 mins), Moss 6, Cooper 7, Couzens 8, Munton 7. Subs not used: Capes, Burke.
4-3-2-1: May; Miles, Knights, Wilson, Worton (sub C. Yeates 64 mins); R. Barby, S. Barby, A. Yeates; Salumu (sub Djedje 78 mins), Linton; Kostiuk. Subs not used: Moreby, Diazek.
Linton (35 mins, 0-1); Munton (70 mins, 1-1); R. Barby (72 mins, 1-2); Kostiuk (74 mins, 1-3).
George Couzens – showed enough promise in attack to suggest that he could help win a lot of matches for Bourne Town this season.
Whittlesey Athletic (H) – Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).
@jmaca8 – @BourneTownFC very proud of a honest performance from the lads moved forward again all together