QEGS Horncastle 3 – 1 Deepings School
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
3 goals, 3 points for the Sixth Form Football team as Mr Cope’s side claimed a 3-1 victory at home to Deepings School.
In their opening home fixture (played at Woodhall Spa United’s Abbey Lane ground) QEGS benefited from having from a fully-fit squad, and Mr Cope made 2 changes from last week’s starting eleven- in coming Oli Haskins and Dexter Coulthurst. In full, the back four in front of ‘keeper Marshall was Graham, Haskins, Emerson and Caswell; midfield saw Coulthurst playing a Claude Makélélé-esque deep midfield role allowing space for Gowshall, Lindsey and Dean to support the front duo of Timmins and Wilson. The visiting Deepings side arrived on the back of an opening week victory against Priory.
Horncastle pulled off the bright start they were after, culminating with the opening goal inside five minutes- MAX GOWSHALL finding enough space in front of the opposition back four to execute a venomous drive into the bottom left corner for his second goal in as many games. The remaining thirty first half minutes past without QEGS adding to their tally, the visiting goalkeeper- presumably inspired by Hungarian legend Gabor Kiraly in his choice of tracksuit bottoms- most notably keeping out Timmins’ audacious outside-of-the-foot strike.
The second half began as the first ended, with QEGS dominant but not registering efforts on goal. Substitutions were made as Mr Cope introduced Burgess into the back four and Carter to freshen up the attack, and this resulted almost immediately in Horncastle doubling their advantage. JONO TIMMINS intercepted a stray Deepings pass, dribbled onwards and struck from 25 yards to chalk up a justified second for the hosts.
Regaining possession swiftly after the restart, Timmins turned provider as he and OLI DEAN exchanged one touch passes in a fine sweeping move, the latter side-footing in with a cool head to make it three. At this stage Deepings appeared to have accepted their fate, and QEGS ground out further opportunities to add to their ascendancy, James now introduced as part of a 4-3-3 set up.
Deepings found themselves a goal in the penultimate minute, denying Marshall and his defensive line the clean sheet their fine performances probably deserved. But QEGS had long secured the win by that stage and now go into next week’s National Cup tie at Boston Grammar on the back of an impressive, dominant victory.
QEGS Starting XI: (4-1-3-2) 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham (3 Josh Burgess), 14 Oli Haskins, 4 Sam Emerson, 2 Tom Caswell, 6 Dexter Coulthurst (15 Christian James), 10 Oli Dean, 8 Max Gowshall ©, 7 Alfie Lindsey, 11 Liam Wilson (12 Greg Carter), 9 Jono Timmins. Sub GK: Christopher Bargh
MAN OF THE MATCH: MAX GOWSHALL. Pulled the strings in midfield, having given QEGS the lead with an emphatic finish from distance in the opening stages. The skipper, as usual, led by example.
Report by Christian James