Derby deadlock for Bourne Town

Zak Munton
Zak Munton
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This south Lincolnshire derby was drawn for the fifth successive Lincoln Road league meeting as Bourne Town snatched a stoppage-time equaliser.

Blackstones started brightly with former Wakes winger Jones De Sousa bringing an unorthodox save from Anthony Murphy after collecting Zack Fisher’s lay-off.

Bourne opened the scoring though Zak Munton who converted Craig Rook’s defence-splitting through ball after 12 minutes.

The visitors almost went further ahead when Jack Humphries dispossessed Matt Porter to run in on goal, only for Lee Crockett to divert the ball to safety.

Dan Evans shot wide from Ben Porter’s pass and then the best home move of the opening half saw Evans and Sam Strange combine to play De Sousa clear to shoot against the foot of the post.

Crockett had to be alert to beat Munton in a race for another Rook through-ball and the keeper kept his side in contention late in the half, saving with his legs from Tyler Sculthorpe after Humphries’ pass split the defence.

Bourne started the second half well with Dan Smith’s header from Rook’s corner scrambled away and Crockett saving a curling effort from Rook.

As the half progressed Stones midfielder Scott Ginty began to exert his influence, shooting wide from Fisher’s lay-off and twice delivering pinpoint corners which were met by Matt Simpson headers, kept out by goalline clearances from Sam Wilson and Jack Corby.

Ginty almost levelled himself with a diving header narrowly wide from Jacob Smitheringale’s delivery.

Amidst the Stones openings Bourne almost snatched a second as Munton stooped to steer a header wide from Humphries’ cross.

Blackstones were level on 81 minutes as the Bourne defence failed to clear their lines, enabling Porter to head home.

The home side went in front in the 90th minute with a clever pass from substitute Steve Mastin playing in Fisher to steer the ball wide of Murphy.

When Aaron Jesson’s header from Rook’s corner found Crockett well placed to save it looked like a three-point haul for Blackstones.

Not so, as five minutes into added time a loose ball fell kindly for James Zealand to rifle a great strike into the far corner from 20 yards with Crockett rooted to the spot.

Bourne: Murphy, Corby, Cooper (sub Zealand), Smith, Jesson, Bottreill, Humphries, S Wilson, Munton, Rook, Sculthorpe (sub Willerton).

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