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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Team Sheet

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.