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MATCH VERDICT: Six of the best for Bourne Town

Substitute Jack Humphries completes the 6-1 win. Photos: Tim Wilson
Substitute Jack Humphries completes the 6-1 win. Photos: Tim Wilson

Zak Munton’s hat-trick guided Bourne Town to another win which was wrapped up midway through the first half.

The striker showed his class with a couple of brilliant efforts as the Wakes made it four successive victories.

Munton took advantage of a mistake to open the scoring with a simple tap-in.

But his next two goals had so much quality – taking the teenager’s tally to 21 so far this season with the promise of more to come.

It took only eight minutes for Bourne to take control and they were ruthless during the early stages.

Craig Rook’s cross from the left wing should have been gathered by the keeper and defence but instead the ball broke kindly for Munton.

Jack Humphries
Jack Humphries

Just three minutes later, Munton again capitalised on an error but this time he had the skill and confidence to produce a cheeky finish.

Max Cooper’s corner was headed into the roof of the net by Chris Gilligan for an own-goal to make it 3-0.

Munton’s treble came with a wonderful lob following a pass by Tyler Sculthorpe.

They combined again just 90 seconds later as Munton was denied by the keeper but the ball eventually fell to the far post where Sculthorpe was waiting.

Bourne on the attack again
Bourne on the attack again

At 5-0, rock-bottom Burton Park Wanderers were being humiliated by this youthful Bourne team who continued to pass the ball around and create chances.

Rook’s long-range drive forced a save before the break and you wondered whether the Wakes would keep going.

Understandably, they did not maintain those standards in the second half.

Having brought on all three substitutes, Burton Park got a response but it was too little, too late.

Jack Humphries congratulated by Tyler Sculthorpe who also scored
Jack Humphries congratulated by Tyler Sculthorpe who also scored

They pulled one back with Ben Pinney’s close-range finish but Bourne continued to create chances.

Munton narrowly missed the target from a tight angle before he was given a rest.

Rook’s drive flashed wide of the far post and substitute Jack Humphries was inches away.

They were both denied in matter of seconds as Rook’s skill forced a save and then Humphries couldn’t quite convert the rebound.

However, he made it 6-1 in the final minute by knocking home James Zealand’s left-wing cross.

The final touch came off a defender to help the ball over the line but that wasn’t an own-goal as Humphries’ shot was going in anyway.

Despite Wanderers’ league position, this was a highly impressive performance by the Wakes who maintained their challenge for a top-five finish.

A clinical approach from the youngsters had effectively ended this game very early.


4-2-3-1: Brown 7; Corby 8, Elger 8 (sub Makepeace-Beach 79 mins), Smith 8, Cooper 8; S Wilson 8, Moss 8; Bottreill 8 (sub Zealand 70 mins, 7), Rook 8, Sculthorpe 8; Munton 9 (sub Humphries 55 mins, 8).


4-1-3-2: Stewart; Weight, Piddington, Moran, Smith; Watt; Magee (sub Evans h-t), Peden, Gilligan (sub Pinney h-t); King (sub Hawkes h-t), Chester.


Shaun Gregory.


Munton (8 mins, 1-0); Munton (11 mins, 2-0); Gilligan og (14 mins, 3-0); Munton (21 mins, 4-0); Sculthorpe (22 mins, 5-0); Pinney (62 mins, 5-1); Humphries (90 mins, 6-1).


Chester (foul); Watt (dissent).


Zak Munton – hat-trick inside the opening quarter of the game, including a couple of superb finishes which showed the young striker is full of confidence and ability. Given a rest early in the second half at 5-0 up.


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