East Lincs Combination, Division Four
Burgh Town FC 7
Alford Veterans 0
On what was always going to be an emotional day, family and friends gathered in the centre circle with the players for a minute’s silence to show their respects for Craig Rawlinson.
Burgh players, all wearing black armbands, were fired up from the start and immediately went on the attack with Beresford crossing from the right.
Alford managed to clear their lines but only as far as Lanzetta who picked the ball up in his own half and ran down the left wing swinging in a fantastic cross. Houlston rose and powered the header goalwards; the keeper managed to save, but Houlston reacted quickest and bundled the ball over the line.
Burgh grew in confidence and began playing some lovely football. Man of the match Lanzetta was a constant threat, linking up with Murphy and Scutt down the left side and crossing a perfect ball to Carter, whose shot struck a post. Scutt pounced on the rebound, but was denied by a great save from Watson.
Alford began to create a few half chances but Burgh keeper Ben Taylor was more than a match for anything that came his way.
The second goal finally arrived when Carter was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Houlston calmly stepped up and drilled the ball into the back of the net.
Five minutes later, Lanzetta’s looping cross somehow managed to find its way into the net at the far post to make the half time score 3-0.
Burgh started the second half as they’d ended the first with Kilner, Murphy and Carter dominating the midfield.
New signing Maycock added the fourth goal before Houlston completed his hat-trick with the fifth.
A good interchange of play between Stamp, Devlin and Houlston resulted in Scutt scoring the sixth of the game and Veteran Murphy nearly made it seven when he collected Vickers’ through ball and his dipping shot crashed against the crossbar.
The final goal came from Charlie Carter who cracked in a sweet left footed shot, giving the keeper no chance.
It was a brilliant performance from all involved on such a difficult day; the perfect result - one which Craig would be proud of.
Match sponsored by The Red Lion (Burgh)
Match ball sponsored by Hair Boutique (Jessica Pycroft).