Bourne Town win on return to action

Action from Bourne Town v Blackstones. Photo: Martin Davies EMN-151230-125330001
Action from Bourne Town v Blackstones. Photo: Martin Davies EMN-151230-125330001

Young, inexperienced, still learning. Those are all words that have been used to label Bourne Town this season but the youthful side are learning quickly and on Saturday they beat in-form Irchester United to climb up to sixth place in the UCL Division One.

Alfred Street has been a happy hunting ground for the Wakes in recent years, having won away twice in the last two seasons.

Goals from Zak Munton and Kieran Blanchard ensured it was a third successive victory on Saturday as they won 2-1.

Munton gave Bourne the lead five minutes before the break when the rapid striker was played in by James Zealand.

However as is so often the case the hosts responded almost instantly and James Dickson levelled within a minute to see the sides go in level at the break.

In truth 1-1 at half time seemed fair as stand-in goalkeeper Anthony Murphy, moved up from the Reserves because of the absence of Alex Brown, was a busy man in the first half and had to make a couple of excellent saves. Of course that’s only expected against a side who had only lost once at home in the league this season before Kieran Blanchard came off the bench to score the winner.

In the 80th minute he struck, breaking his nose in the process, to cap an improved second half from Bourne who were understandably a little rusty having not played since December 28 when they were well beaten, 5-0, by league leaders Peterborough Sports.

Bourne welcome Lutterworth to Abbey Lawn on Saturday (3pm ko), a side who sit 10 places below them in the league standings.

Bourne Town: Anthony Murphy, Jack Corby, James Zealand (Kieran Blanchard), Aaron Jesson, Dan Smith, Andrew Moss, Jack Botterill, Sam Wilson, Tyler Sculthorpe (Dan Wilson) Zak Munton.

Irchester United: Dale Hamilton, Kris Line, James Dickson, Lee Kew, Theo Alcindor, Martin Brown (Dave Miles), Ant Sharp, Ryan Lovell, Nathan Heycock, Raph Brown (Mapeo Mendes), Jake Reynolds (Sam Dengel)