Wednesday 19th December 2018
Buoyed by recent wins against Boston College and Grammar, QEGS made it three wins from three as the side extended their rich vein of form into the Christmas break. Marshall’s first clean sheet of the campaign laid the foundation for a victory earnt in a first half which saw Sixth Form Eleven score three without reply at Spalding Grammar.
Mr Cope made one (enforced) change to the starting eleven with Haskins unavailable; Timmins dropped into the back four as Wilson returned to the XI accompanying Gowshall up front. And it was LIAM WILSON who opened the scoring for the Boys in Burgundy, nodding home after the ball cannoned off the bar from Gregory’s long-range effort.
MAX GOWSHALL doubled the visitors’ advantage soon after, Dean’s short corner to Lindsey allowing the left winger to cross into the back post, for the captain bundle home his eight of the year in a congested box- to the delight of the two fans in attendance (both Gowshalls themselves).
Eight soon became nine this season for GOWSHALL as the frontman struck from an area of relative safety for Spalding, somehow finding the right corner with an audacious looped effort from 20-plus yards to put Horncastle three to the good before the interval.
The midway point arrived with QEGS dominating, importance now placed on a composed second half display Injury to Caswell forced Lindsey into left back as Carter was introduced to midfield a matter of minutes after the restart, as QEGS dictated the tempo and allowed Spalding possession without efforts on Marshall’s goal.
However, when Marshall was called upon he was quick to response, stifling a through ball with an aggressive slide to cut out one particular counter-attack. Carter saw an effort flash just wide after dispossessing the home goalkeeper before Spalding had a goal correctly ruled out of handball in the build-up.
James replaced Wilson up front as time ran down, the game increasingly playing out in QEGS’ half as Timmins and Emerson stood firm against the desperate long ball. Counter attacks from QEGS threatened to extend the lead, most notably James broke through to see his effort pushed away in the closing stages.
On balance QEGS were good value for their three points and now head into Christmas with a record of won 6 lost 4 for 29 against 19; and have consecutive home games upon return in January.
QEGS (4-4-2): 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham, 3 Sam Emerson, 4 Jono Timmins, 2 Tom Caswell (12 Greg Carter), 10 Oli Dean, 6 Dexter Coulthurst, 8 Harry Gregory, 7 Alfie Lindsey, 11 Liam Wilson (14 Christian James), 9 Max Gowshall ©
MOTMs: Coulthurst & Gregory- complete dominance over the middle of the park enabled QEGS to assert themselves as the midfielders got foot on ball and pulled off intelligent passes both short and long throughout the game.