RUSHDEN & HIGHAM UTD 3 (Farrar 35 & 38, Harrower 43) BOURNE TOWN 1 (Holliday 88): A DEBUT goal from 16-year-old George Holliday lifted Bourne’s spirits after a crazy ten-minute spell crushed their hopes on Saturday.
The new recruit, sent on as a second-half subsititute, headed home a deserved consolation two minutes from time in the UCL Division One clash at Hayden Road.
All of the damage was done in the first period though, with the Wakes shipping three goals in the final ten minutes of the opening 45.
Darren Farrar made the breakthrough for Rushden and Higham on 35 minutes, before doubling his money three minutes later with a lobbed second.
It was all but over as a contest when Craig Harrower raced clear to drill a third under Matt Gilson, putting the Lankies 3-0 up at the interval.
After the break Bourne offered plenty, with Josh Kamau rattling the woodwork and new signing from Blackstones Ben Easson firing wide after decent work from Kamau.
Teen ace Holliday got the goal the visitors deserved late on – and his showing earned praise from player/boss Darren Munton.
The Bourne supremo said: “George has been training with us and done well so I gave him a run-out and he popped up with a goal.
“It’s a good effort for a 16-year-old to score in men’s football and we deserved that goal after playing well in the second half. The damage had been though and two of the goals we conceded were gifted on a plate.”
Bourne: Gilson, Currall, Cardall, Hood, Jesson, Dunn (Moss), Elger, Jarman, Bell (Holliday), Kamau (Brockbank), Easson.
• Saturday: Wakes v Harborough Town (3pm).