Wakes knock out holders to secure semi-final spot
Bourne Town booked their place in the semi-finals of the Daniels Cup after knocking out holders Ketton on Tuesday night.
The Rutlanders had swept to a memorable success last season after accounting for both the Wakes and United Counties League Division One rivals Blackstones en-route to winning the competition.
However, the Peterborough League Premier Division side found their Abbey Lawn hosts too strong this time around in a repeat of last season’s quarter-final clash.
The Wakes signalled their intentions to gain revenge for last season’s defeat by fielding a strong side for the match which attracted a good midweek crowd.
The hosts made the most of the early running with Ketton putting in several strong challenges in a bid to slow down their pacy hosts.
After Zak Munton had fizzed an early sighter wide for Bourne, Ketton responded with Conner Breakell seeing a well-struck effort palmed away by Alex Brown in the home goal.
Jamar Dobson came close to taking advantage of some uncertainty in the home rearguard before two quick-fire goals swung the match firmly in Bourne’s favour.
A low cross from James Zealand was swept home by former Cottesmore and Oakham player Eddie McDonald to give Bourne a lead that was soon doubled when Dan Schiavi converted following Andrew Moss’ defence-splitting pass.
Bourne continued to pile on the pressure and Ketton custodian Jacob Miller had to be alert on several occasions to keep his side in the contest.
He made a tidy stop to keep out McDonald’s turn-and-shot and was then down smartly to smother Zealand’s free-kick.
Ketton responded as Dominic Jones saw an effort saved by Brown while Dobson sent a fierce strike over the home crossbar.
The Wakes added their third goal just before the break as Munton turned home a fine cross from Schiavi to leave Ketton with an uphill task in the second half.
They brought on Wisbech Town striker Connor Pilbeam – who is dual registered with Ketton – after the restart and his introduction added impetus to their attack.
After Adam Rothery had shot over for the hosts following a fine run, Ketton reduced the deficit when Pilbeam pounced to net from close range after Brown had spilled a Breakell cross.
Ketton looked to make the most of being handed an unexpected route back into the contest with Pilbeam prominent in their attacking forays.
It needed an excellent block tackle from Dan Flood to deny Pilbeam a run through on goal before Bourne got themselves back on the offensive.
Miller made a brave save to thwart Rothery after good link-up play between Munton and Schiavi, but the Ketton goalkeeper was then powerless to preventing Bourne adding a fourth goal.
Rothery released Munton whose effort looped up off a Ketton defender and dipped into the net to seal Bourne’s passage into the semi-finals.
The Wakes could have added a couple of late strikes as Miller produced an excellent finger-tip save to turn Gavin Cooke’s free-kick onto the bar before denying Rothery with Martin Trawford doing well to clear the follow up with Schiavi waiting to pounce.
Bourne: Brown, Currall, Zealand, Flood, Cooke, A Moss, McDonald, Rothery, Schiavi, Smitheringale, Munton. Subs: Cooper, Elger, Avis, Bottreill, B Moss, Mountcastle.
Ketton: Miller, Trawford, Marsh, Hood, Parker, Bird, Breakell, Collyer, Dobson, Jones, Rawlinson. Subs: Szymanski, Pilbeam, Marujo, Lawrence, Pulley.