Munton making a name for himself at Bourne

Abbey Lawn, Bourne - second-half action Bourne Town v St Neots Town Saints'No 7 Zak Munton goal ANL-151024-183407001

Abbey Lawn, Bourne - second-half action Bourne Town v St Neots Town Saints'No 7 Zak Munton goal ANL-151024-183407001

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Teenager Zak Munton was on target twice for Bourne Town on Saturday in their 3-1 win over St Neots Town Saints in the UCL Division One.

The young striker, just 17, is making a real impact this season and has had interest from other clubs to lure him away from the Abbey Lawn.

On Tuesday he was named on Stamford AFC’s bench for their Evo-Stik NPL match away at Rushall Olympic. He did not appear in their 5-1 loss however it shows the likely trajectory of the youngster’s football career.

Munton plays for the Daniels U18s side and was called-up due to a shortage of options for the first team following the departure of Ryan Robbins to Boston United and Greg Smith to Grantham Town. That combined with bans for Jordan Smith and Eddy Samba, and the unavailability of Dan Clements midweek, left them short up front despite a couple of recent signings.

However Munton will be back in the mix for Bourne on Saturday when they take on Northamtpon On Chenecks looking to make it back-to-back wins.

Bourne Town caretaker manager Steve Wilson said: “It’s nice for him to get a feel for what its like being involved with the [Stamford] first team.

“He has got an eye for goals. He is a young player and still learning. We are trying him out in different positions up front so he learns the game.”

“I am sure he can go far and play higher football than this.”

Wilson also said he is trying to make sure Munton does not play too much football, as he also plays for Bourne Town’s U18s and Stamford AFC U18s.

He said: “Sometimes he has come on the pitch and looked tired because he has played too much football. But when he is rested he is a completely different player.”

Munton gave the Wakes the lead in the 32nd-minute on Saturday.

They had to wait until the closing stages to seal victory with Tyler Sculthorpe scoring Bourne’s second after 76 minutes and Munton making the points safe ten minutes later.

Wilson said: “First half we were pretty good. We got one goal and we should have had the game won by half-time but to be fair to their keeper he had a hell of a game.”

Sean Barker scored a last-minute consolation for the Saints which slightly disappointed Wilson as he was hoping for a clean sheet after a fine performance.

Bourne are up to seventh in the league table after ending a run of four games without a win which had seen them knocked out of two cup competitions.

Wilson added: “I am pretty pleased with the result and get back to winning ways. Hopefully we can push on now.

“We are aiming to finish above tenth. Anywhere above that will be a bonus.”

Bourne are expecting to have their other dangerous striker back in contention on Saturday as Henry Dunn has recovered from a knee injury.

Dunn will undergo a fitness test on the day after missing the last couple of weeks.