ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One - Bourne Town 3 Irchester United 7
For almost 25 minutes, it looked like Bourne Town and Irchester United were going to serve up an uneventful start to the new UCL Division One season.
But then three goals in eight first-half minutes from the Romans effectively put the game out of the Wakes’ reach at Abbey Lawn.
Firstly, Mitch Bland headed in Jack Dyson’s assist from a corner before Ryan Lovell powered home a low strike and Moises Rodriguez made it three just after the half-hour mark after Wakes’ skipper Scott Spearink needlessly gave the ball a way.
But when Jezz Goldson-Williams swept home from a Bourne corner on 42 minutes, it looked like the home side could level things before half-time.
They should have done but chances for Jones De Souza and then Spearink both went wide of the Irchester goal.
Bourne’s efforts to get back in the game were undone during seven minutes of first-half stoppage-time when a Romans counter-attack was finished off by Dyson.
The changing momentum of the game was summed up when Goldson-Williams netted his second from Mark Walklin’s cross just before the break.
Dyson restored the Romans’ three-goal advantage 14 minutes into the second half, before Goldson-Williams completed his hat-trick with a smart finish.
The Wakes were eventually finished off with a Sam Wilson own-goal and a late Mitch Bland strike which confirmed, after just one game, that a long, character-defining season lies ahead for Rafa Mazzarella’s young side.