Boston College 1 – 8 QEGS Horncastle
Emphatic. Dominant. Unrelenting. Sixth Form XI put their indifferent form behind them with an eye-catching 8-1 victory against Boston College, seven of which came in 20 first half minutes.
Travelling to South Lincolnshire with a squad of fifteen to choose from, Mr Cope went with the 4-3-3 shape that proved successful in previous wins against Deepings and Lincoln; Gowshall back into his favoured midfield role in a side that saw returns to the starting eleven for Haskins and Caswell.
QEGS asserted themselves as the side in charge from the off, penning Boston in with high pressure and secure passing. Fluid passing moves in the first ten minutes brought chances for Dean and Wilson, and the opener seemed to be a case of when not if.
The fragile home defence- stunned by the burgundy onslaught- caved in just before the 15-minute mark, MAX GOWSHALL winning a penalty then converting the spot kick himself into the bottom right. QEGS had their goal and were not going to stop there. What followed was slick, easy-on-the-eye football which the hosts simply couldn’t contend with.
Lindsey set TOM CASWELL free on the overlap and the left back made no mistake with a calm finish inside the near post. Further good work down the flanks brought a string of corners, Haskins nodding onto DEXTER COULTHURST at the back post for the visitors’ third, despite the best efforts of a Luis Suarez-esque effort from the Boston midfielder on the line.
OLI DEAN added a fourth almost immediately, carving open his marker down the right wing before cutting in a cross-come-shot which found the net via a flick from the College centre back. Dean backed his goal up with a quickfire assist for ALFIE LINDSEY, before ANGUS GRAHAM got in on the act dispatching a loose ball into the bottom left from 12 yards.
The game still only 30 minutes old, Horncastle made it seven as Timmins sent LIAM WILSON through for his second of the year. Aaron in the Horncastle goal was yet to have a touch outside taking goal kicks, Emerson and Haskins mopping up occasional forays forward from the hosts; Horncastle were simply too good for their Boston counterparts.
Mr Cope rotated the team at half time, introducing Carter, Burgess, Gregory and James before switching personnel throughout the second half. The game now well and truly sealed, Horncastle enjoyed playing with freedom and confidence, stringing good moves together without rewards parallel to the seven first half goals. Dean’s cross reached Burgess, who’s deft touch in turn served ALFIE LINDSEY with his second of the game, and QEGS’ eighth.
Boston bundled in a consolation from a rare corner, before Harry Gregory exited the game early following a nasty collision leaving the midfielder with a damaged nose. With chances now at a premium- both sides with little left to compete for- the game ended 8-1 to the visiting QEGS side for their first away win of the year.
QEGS Starting XI: (4-3-3) 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham, 16 Sam Emerson, 3 Oli Haskins, 2 Tom Caswell, 6 Dexter Coulthurst, 9 Jono Timmins, 8 Max Gowshall ©, 10 Oli Dean, 11 Liam Wilson, 7 Alfie Lindsey. Half time subs: 15 Harry Gregory, 12 Greg Carter, 14 Josh Burgess, 4 Christian James
Man of the Match: ALFIE LINDSEY- Two well deserved goals and an assist capped off an impressive display for the second half skipper, who turned the opposition back line inside out throughout the game.