“Some of the attacking play was a joy to watch.”
....Corby Kingswood in the David Joyce County U18 Cup was certainly one of them.
Before Christmas, Kingswood had beaten the young Doughboys 2-0 at the Rockingham Triangle in the Jaymann Shield.
However, the Wellingborough side that night included only a handful of players who started this game, with several under-16s being used in the Jaymann and the team were also hampered by playing virtually all of the second half with ten-men following the dismissal of Harvey Bland.
That wasn`t an evening we enjoyed, so a tinge of revenge was in the air when we took the field this time.
Still without the two leading scorers, skipper Ben Fitzjohn and Bland, who is still serving his suspension, as well as broken leg victim Dan Owen, Callum Dench came into the side for his first home game since re-joining the club and he enjoyed a terrific game.
Although the final result is emphatic, as Jimmy Greaves famously said “it`s a funny old game” as Kingswood could have been two-up before we scored as we really started sloppily.
Keeper Sam Curtis made a fine save and another chance was wasted seconds later, but we soon made them pay for those misses as James Lea popped up with a far post looping header to make it 1-0.
Goals flowed at regular intervals after that, with Dench showing great strength to scored two, Lea bagged his second, going around the keeper and finishing well and the fifth was an own goal after great work down the right by Harvey Lewis.
Annoyingly, the visitors did manage to reduce the deficit when Alex McGeehin was robbed in his own half and the lad finished well after that to be fair.
That just made the half-time discussions a little easier as it meant that the game was not done and dusted quite yet and there was still plenty of work to be done.
As in the first half, we started the second period slowly and took a while to get to grips with the game.
Callum Herring, like Lewis Starmer, very unfortunate to be on the bench after good performances last time out, came on and almost immediately showed I shouldn`t have left him out by getting on the end of a Dench cross to make it 6-1 and then went through on his own to finish well with the young Doughboys` seventh.
Some indifferent defending allowed Kingswood to net a second, but Dench finally managed to complete his hat-trick to make the final score 8-2.
We now await the draw to see who we play in the semi-finals out of AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Peterborough United or Peterborough Sports, who beat Northampton Town on penalties.
Going to be a toughie whoever we get!
Sam Curtis; Jaydon Taylor (capt), Jordan-Lee Holmes, Alex McGeehin; Harvey Lewis, James Bishop, James Lea, Dante Memoli, Callum Harley; Callum Dench, Frankie Hayes; Subs all used: Callum Herring, Lewis Starmer, Callum Williams, Lewis Milne.
Updated 12:04 - 12 Jan 2018 by Steve Whitney