East Lincs Combination
Junior Challenge Cup
Burgh Town 4 Kirmington 1
BURGH Town followed up last week’s impressive 3-0 win at North Cotes with an even better display, taking the scalp of previously unbeaten Kirmington in the Junior Challenge Cup.
Kirmington, from one division higher than Burgh, started the stronger of the two, with the look of a team full of confidence after their winning run.
Burgh keeper Ben Taylor looked as though he was in for a busy afternoon as he produced a string of first class saves to keep his goal intact.
But the young Burgh team were the first to gain advantage, slightly against the run of play. Winger Ben Evison created himself a yard of space on the edge of the box with some neat footwork only to see his shot rebound from the foot of the post. The alert Seamus Devlin was the first to react to the loose ball, pouncing to smash home from close range.
Kirmington surged forward again. The excellent Ryan ‘Rocky’ Beresford making a last ditch tackle to deny the away striker a shot on goal.
Town rallied again and the pace of their attacks caused the experienced back four from Kirmington problems.
Evison latched onto Beresford’s through ball, outstripping his marker before rounding the keeper and scoring from an acute angle.
Kirmington pressed again and Town seemed to have weathered the storm, with skipper Arun Gray leading by example, until the unfortunate David Stamp saw a cross-cum-shot rebound off his heel and into the path of a visiting striker, who tapped home from close range past the hapless Taylor.
Burgh were quick to respond and when Charlie Carter’s through ball caused confusion in the middle of the Kirmington defence the grateful Jordan Houlston raced onto the loose ball and calmly slotted past the advancing keeper into the corner of the net.
This made the score 3-1 at half time.
In the second half Burgh expected an onslaught but it never came as the home team grew in confidence.
Shaun Wathall and Carter excelled as they took control of the midfield. Craig Rawlinson worked hard for his team in the wide area, as did Malc Holmes and Stamp at the back.
Burgh then iced the cake as young second half sub Nyle Miller won the ball in his own half and carried it forward before releasing Houlston. His neat interchange of passing with man-of-the-match Evison allowed the latter to pick out the unmarked Devlin at the far post, who made no mistake from close range
Match ball sponsors: Lincolnshire Coastal Removals and Storage.
Match day sponsors Guardian Print and Design, Boston.
On Saturday Burgh Town are away to Sutton Veterans in the League (kick-off 2.30pm). Players meet Red Lion 1pm.
* Training St Clements Sports Hall every Thursday at 8pm.