Wednesday 12th December 2018
Mr Cope’s side completed their first league double of the campaign with another victory Boston College, this time 4-2 at Abbey Road.
Having beaten Boston Grammar last time out Mr Cope made two changes to the starting eleven, Timmins returning to the side in Burgess’ place whilst first choice ‘keeper Marshall reclaimed his place between the sticks. On the bench there were returns for last week’s absentees James and Wilson.
As with the away game against Boston College (which finished 8-1 to Horncastle), Horncastle began on top, dominating possession and territory without scoring inside the opening twenty minutes. But unlike the away tie it was Boston who took the lead, Emerson injuring his hamstring at an unfortunate juncture and the opposition took full advantage of the loose ball. Carter was introduced to replace the up to now ever-present centre back, filling his boots competently with a solid display in his unnatural position.
Horncastle weren’t behind for long. Dean’s free-kick ricocheted off the wall into a congested penalty area inside which DEXTER COULTHURST prodded home from close range. It was two not long after- COULTHURST again- this time sweeping home the rebound after Timmins’ shot was palmed back into play.
QEGS continued dominating but couldn’t grind out as many opportunities as they had in the 8-1 demolition job 3 weeks ago. Wilson replaced Coulthurst after the break. Burgess was also introduced in place of Graham as a more attacking option as Mr Cope altered his side in search of a third, identifying the right side as an area of opportunity.
But it was a ball down the left which crafted the third. A fragmented move created space for JONO TIMMINS, who found a way through a visiting goalkeeper now pulling off respectable saves following a shaky first half. James replaced Lindsey as Horncastle rotated personnel, now defending a two-goal advantage.
Inside the closing stages Bargh (taking Lindsey’s number 7 shirt in hope of a rare outfield appearance) persuaded his way into the game at Timmins’ expense, but the substitution proved counter-productive as College bagged a second to offer themselves faint hopes of an unlikely draw. However, it was LIAM WILSON who scored the game’s sixth and final goal, latching onto a long ball down the left flank before ignoring James in the centre to finish himself from a tight angle.
The contest marked the halfway point in the Sixth Form team’s season, the side boasting a league record as follows: won 5, drawn 0, lost 4, goals for 26, goals against 19.
QEGS: (4-4-2) 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham (15 Josh Burgess), 4 Sam Emerson (12 Greg Carter), 3 Oli Haskins, 2 Tom Caswell, 10 Oli Dean, 8 Harry Gregory, 6 Dexter Coulthurst (11 Liam Wilson), 7 Alfie Lindsey (16 Christian James), 14 Max Gowshall ©, 9 Jono Timmins (7 Christopher Bargh).
MOTM: Dexter Coulthurst- Two goals, both borne from a poacher’s instinct from the midfielder. Without his quick thinking it would have been a much more awkward road to three points.
The Sixth Form team avenged their narrow defeat to Boston Grammar a week previously with an equally slim victory in South Lincolnshire, triumphing 2-1.
Cliché as sounds the game very much was a game of two halves- Boston dominating the first half but unable to press home an advantage thanks to resolute defending from the back four which now virtually picks itself, Haskins particularly solid.
After half time the game turned in QEGS’ favour and unlike their hosts Horncastle were able to convert their dominance into a goal. Bar gh’s long ball up field was misjudged by the home defence, allowing MAX GOWSHALL to spring the back line for a tidy finish beyond the stranded ‘keeper.
It was two-nil minutes later, as the referee played advantage on a blatant handball inside the area for GOWSHALL to again beat the keeper to his right hand side, the captain reacting quickest to the referee’s decision by lashing home the loose ball.
Boston dragged themselves back into the contest with 10 minutes, Bargh unfortunate not to keep about a skidding effort on a wet pitch, but adequate game management from QEGS saw the visitors stifle any further threats to claim a solid away victory.
QEGS XI (4-4-2): Chris Bargh, Angus Graham (Greg Carter), Sam Emerson, Oli Haskins, Tom Caswell, Oli Dean, Dexter Coulthurst, Harry Gregory, Alfie Lindsey, Max Gowshall ©, Josh Burgess
MOTM: Oli Dean- Incisive attacking endeavour coupled with stubborn approach to defensive duties set the tone for a solid performance in a hard fought win.
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.