Wednesday 10th October 2018
A tough trip to Boston Grammar School saw QEGS miss out on a Round 2 tie at Carre’s as the hosts knocked Horncastle out of the National Cup.
On a baked Boston pitch in the surprisingly warm October sun, Mr Cope’s side battled hard against good quality opposition, and in the early stages Grammar rattled Marshall’s bar with a looped header. Lindsey and Timmins both saw efforts tipped over, before the hosts broke to take the lead as Horncastle committed men forwards in pursuit of an opener.
Boston hit a quality second which again gave Marshall no chance, and Emerson and Haskins withstood considerable pressure as the home side pushed for a third. With 10 minutes left of the first half, Horncastle clawed their way back into the cup tie. Emerson’s lofted through ball found Wilson, who’s snapshot deflected to JONO TIMMINS, and the forward finished with aplomb for his third goal in three Sixth Form games.
Half time came and went in the 24 degree heat, and the second half saw QEGS play with the sun behind them. Continuing with the 4-1-3-2 shape that served the side well against Deepings, Horncastle began to dominate. Lindsey and Caswell produced some fine overlapping play down the left to win a series of corners, but to no avail. It was then that QEGS found themselves feeling hard done by, as the referee awarded Boston a soft penalty for a “trip”(dive) on the edge of the area, and the hosts’ centre forward completed his hat-trick; Marshall guessing the correct way but unable to keep it out.
With twenty minutes left, and Carter and Burgess now introduced into the attack, QEGS pushed for a second in what was swiftly becoming a classic cup tie. Dean found space inside the six-yard box, but his attempted chip was gathered in by the home goalkeeper to thwart QEGS a second goal.
A few minutes later the boys in maroon silenced the home crowd that had congregated throughout the game, as with 6 minutes left Burgess and Dean exchanged passes along the right flank, the former finding MAX GOWSHALL whose initial shot was blocked, but Horncastle Town’s midfield engine scored with his second bite of the cherry, the ball nestling into the bottom left.
Further chances came and went, predominantly from corners, but QEGS returned to Horncastle frustrated and with just league action to focus on for the remainder of the year- starting with next week’s home tie against Lincoln College (at Woodhall Spa United).
QEGS Starting XI: (4-1-3-2) 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham (14 Josh Burgess), 15 Oli Haskins, 3 Sam Emerson, 2 Tom Caswell, 6 Dexter Coulthurst, 10 Oli Dean, 8 Max Gowshall ©, 7 Alfie Lindsey, 11 Liam Wilson (12 Greg Carter), 9 Jono Timmins. Unused sub: 4 Christian James; Sub GK: Christopher Bargh
MAN OF THE MATCH: JONO TIMMINS: A third goal of the campaign, alongside impressive hold up play and creation of space for teammate’s earnt the Year 12 the accolade from Mr Cope this week.
Report by Christian James
Wednesday 17th October 2018
As was the case in their last home game, the Sixth Form XI won by a 3-1 scoreline in another dominant display at Abbey Road, this time against Lincoln College.
Without regular custodian Aaron Marshall, and dangerous midfielder Alfie Lindsey struggling with an eye injury, Mr Cope made two enforced changes to the starting eleven from last week’s unfortunate defeat to Boston Grammar. In came goalkeeper Bargh for his first appearance of the season, and Burgess up front, Timmins dropping into the midfield three.
Horncastle asserted themselves early, dominating possession without creating clear cut chances. Only really threatening on the counter attack, Lincoln broke after approximately twenty minutes to score- Bargh did well to deny the initial effort, but his parry fell to a red shirt and the ‘keeper could do nothing to stop the rebounded effort.
Disappointed to have conceded after asserting themselves as the better side, QEGS found themselves an almost instant response, as Graham’s strong wing play cut out a path for OLI DEAN, who took the incoming through ball in his stride before burying the chance from 12 yards out to equalise. Now firmly on the front foot, Horncastle ground out one further opportunity before half time, Wilson’s effort tipped over by the visiting goalkeeper.
It took QEGS a while to renew their dominance over the tie, but the visiting Lincoln side never threatened Bargh between the sticks as the game restarted with a quiet period after half time. Mr Cope substituted Burgess for Carter, then introduced James in place of Graham as his side pushed for an advantage.
Horncastle’s attacking endeavour, helped by Emerson’s missile-like long throws (often reaching distances of 30+ yards) was rewarded with 10 minutes to go, Dean setting MAX GOWSHALL up for a tidy finish to make it 4 goals in 4 games for the captain, and more importantly 2-1 to QEGS. Lindsey replaced Coulthurst as the hosts shifted into a 4-4-2 shape to protect their lead and absorbed the building pressure competently as Lincoln searched for a late equaliser.
There was to be a fourth goal in the tie, reassuringly for QEGS this came via the calm finish of LIAM WILSON as Horncastle stole a third on the counter attack, Lindsey setting him free with a composed pass beyond the high line of Lincoln. The scoreline now reflected the nature of the game, Horncastle claiming a two goal win they thoroughly deserved on the balance of play, but somewhat laboured over collecting against a side they dominated for the entirety of the match. With the league record now showing Won 2, Lost 1; Scored 8, Conceded 6 QEGS enter the half term week off with a good start behind them.
QEGS Starting XI: (3-5-2) GK Christopher Bargh, 5 Oli Haskins, 15 Sam Emerson, 6 Dexter Coulthurst (7 Alfie Lindsey), 3 Angus Graham (4 Christian James), 10 Oli Dean, 8 Max Gowshall ©, 9 Jono Timmins, 2 Tom Caswell, 11 Liam Wilson, 14 Josh Burgess (12 Greg Carter)
Man of the Match: LIAM WILSON- Liam’s hard work pressing the back line, holding the ball up and being a general nuisance all afternoon meant he deserved to get on the scoresheet, and he did so with a calm finish under pressure to secure the three points.
Somercotes Academy 0 – 9 QEGS Horncastle
Thursday 4th October 2018
The first round in the English Schools National Cup competition saw a strong QEGS Horncastle side take on an enthusiastic Somercotes Academy team away at North Somercotes, a relatively remote area just outside of Louth.
With the wind against QEGS at kick off, the start of the game saw a fiery start to the game with both teams clearly wanting to progress. Physicality was a major factor during the opening segments and the first goal would be vital for Horncastle to secure. On this occasion, the away side were quite convincingly outclassing the Somercotes side, with the first goal scored by Lewis Janney reflecting this. A further lead was created through Miles Gailbraith Rouse, an unlikely scorer however managing to bury a scramble for the ball after a corner in the back of the goal. As the first half progressed, intense 1v1 situations arose between the likes of James Cull and a tall number 8 for the academy and Oliver Fields battling against a tough number 11. The lead was then lengthened to 3-0, with a goal from James Cull to further institute the superiority of QEGS. Great play from the likes of Quin Saggiorato and Will Coveley created multiple chances for the two strikers, Hugo Hunt and Oliver Fields. Fields then scored twice to make it 5-0 before half-time, both goals showing good characteristics of determination to get past the physical left back of Somercotes, one of these goals coming by way of a penalty, neatly placed into the side-netting.
A second half sure to be further dominated by Horncastle began, with the backwind now with them as they looked to further progress their dominance. This was made easier by the fact that the side from North Somercotes discontinued their efforts to stop Horncastle and began to take the game less seriously than their creditable efforts in the first half. Within the first few minutes, Lewis Janney scored a simple goal past the substitute goalkeeper after some nice play involving substitutes Matthew Hunter and Charlie Wilkinson. Somercotes Academy then started to involve some fierce challenges into their game, with an altercation between Hugo Hunt, Mason Bassham and the Academy’s number 7, resulting in a sending off for the home side’s player, a usual rarity for school football. Quin Saggiorato then scored to reward his passing play with a great strike from the edge of the box, too powerful for the goalkeeper leading to a fumble into the back of his own net. Charlie Wilkinson then scored for QEGS in the second half with a composed finish, however was not a particularly challenging goal to score with the lack of effort from the home side. Even more absurdly for a supposed-to-be calm school game, another player was sent off for Somercotes after two rash challenges back-to-back, very disappointing for the Academy’s side. The game progressed into the latter stages of the game and in the remaining moments, yet another harsh challenge was put in on a QEGS player, however Lewis Janney used the advantage rule to his benefit; quickly getting back up and scoring from the edge of the box. The game ended relatively soon after this, a great game for QEGS Horncastle as they progress into the next round of the cup, however an extremely poor display of attitude and sportsmanship from North Somercotes, as they are eliminated from the competition.
Written by Lewis Janney
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