East Lincs Combination
An excellent team performance gained Burgh Town a hard-fought 2-1 victory against first division Mablethorpe and a semi-final spot in the Town Trophy.
Although losing a few key players to work commitments, Burgh showed their great strength of character, with a number of players playing a huge part in a great team effort.
Max Foreman had his best game to date and Arun Gray was excellent at the heart of Town’s defence. Jordan Houlston led the line superbly up front, while Sean Wathall rolled back the years in the centre of the park with a man-of-the-match performance.
Although the first half produced no goals, with both defences dominant, Burgh keeper Ben Taylor was called upon to make a good save down to his right.
Burgh did seem the more likely team to score and the lively Jordan Houlston was a constant thorn in Mablethorpe’s side.
He went close with a shot from the edge of the box. Midfielder Herbie Nicholls also saw his long range effort flash wide, while Donovan Vickers just failed to touch home a cross to the far post.
The second half started in much the same vein with both teams very competitive, playing some decent football.
Burgh broke the deadlock midway through the half. Jamie Kilner’s in-swinging corner evaded everyone and ended up going straight in at the far post as Foreman applied the pressure.
The home side made it 2-0 after Luigi Lanzetta burst down the left and was felled on the edge of the Mablethorpe area. Jamie Kilner stepped up and curled a superb free kick into the danger area. Arun Gray headed against the cross bar and Jason Scutt reacted quickest to the rebound to knock the ball home from close range.
Mablethorpe rallied but found Burgh’s defence in a mean mood. Taylor saved well again down to his left. Mark Pellow headed clear twice.
Mablethorpe finally reduced arrears when a striker spun and smashed the ball home from 12 yards as the defence looked for the offside flag that never came.
Town managed to see out the closing minutes to get the victory they deserved.
Next week Burgh are at home to North Cotes in the league (kick-off 2.30pm).