East Lincs Combination
Burgh Town 5 Ludford Rovers 1
What a difference a week makes.
Only seven days earlier, Burgh Town were beaten 2-0 by Ludford Rovers, but they bounced back to defeat ten-man Rovers in the reverse fixture.
Town took an early lead when Josh Whittam raced onto Jamie Kilner’s through ball and shot into the bottom corner from ten yards.
Town went on to dominate the next 20 minutes and should have increased their lead twice as Charlie Arabin and Jordan Houlston both spurned chances.
Arabin did then have the ball in the net, but it was ruled out by a linesman’s flag.
Ludford got back into the match after a period of pressure.
From a corner Town failed to clear their lines and a good old fashioned goal-mouth scramble resulted in a Ludford equaliser being blasted past hapless keeper Ben Taylor.
The visitors piled on more pressure, but Mitch Tipper, Ryan Beresford, Arun Gray and a superb defensive display by Andy Corrsen prevented Burgh going behind.
The second half saw Town on the up. Changes brought Donovan Vickers and Josh Lindley into the midfield.
As Lindley began to dominate proceedings Arabin and Houlston combined well down the left to force a corner. Andy Corrsen then rose higher than anyone else in the box to head home Josh Whittam’s corner kick.
Arabin caused panic down the left as he skipped past his marker, only to be upended in the penalty area by the covering defender. Referee Brown pointed to the spot and dismissed the defender for his second yellow card offence.
Whittam stepped up to take the penalty, but the keeper was equal to his shot and pushed the ball wide of his goal.
Ten minutes later Whittam made amends when he ran onto Lindley’s through ball and fired home.
That was his last bit of the action as he was replaced by 16-year-old Jake Woodhouse, making his debut in senior football.
And a great start it was. He had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes when Houlston played him in down the right.
Woodhouse sped clear of the tiring Ludford defence and calmly slotted the ball under the advancing keeper with his first and second touch of the match.
Woodhouse then just failed to connect at the far post from Tipper’s cross, his shot squirmed agonisingly wide of the post.
This didn’t dampen the youngster’s enthusiasm as Dan Field, who had his best game to date in the middle of the park, threaded a pass through to him.
The youngster didn’t disappoint as he scored an almost identical goal to his first. Racing onto the ball and calmly dispatching under the advancing keeper into the bottom corner of the net to wrap up the scoring.
Burgh Town - Taylor, Beresford, Tipper, Gray, Corrsen, Nichols, KIlner, Field, Arabin, Whittam, Houlston, Vickers, Lindley, Woodhouse.
Matchball sponsors Red Lion, Burgh and Malc Holmes, Block Paving.
On Saturday Burgh are at home to North Thoresby in the league, kick-off 1.45pm.