Great Horwood – 6
MK Wanderers – 2
Great Horwood progressed in the North Bucks & District Football League Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout with a convincing win over MK Wanderers on Saturday, an early second half penalty to the visitor’s halved the hosts two goal lead but Horwood were in no mood for an upset as they scored a quick third and then went on to confirm their dominance; the home side scored four of their goals all from corner routines which the Wanderers defence simply could not deal with.
The hosts took the lead on twenty-three minutes just seconds after almost gifting their guests possession in their own penalty area as they struggled to clear, however the ball worked up to Sid Hawkins in the centre circle saw him thread a pass through the green backline for Adam Dixon to advance and slot home, the Milton Keynes side almost equalised immediately when Dom Seymour broke free but was denied by the outstretched boot of home custodian Ben Curley.
That lead was doubled five minutes later as a Gary Ridgway corner curled in to the front post saw MK keeper James Hunter go up to challenge Brandon Bowes & Ben Head and the flick on saw two defenders try to clear but the ball simply sat up for Eddie Archer at the far post who simply couldn’t miss. The second period was barely two minutes old when skipper Sam Archer was adjudged to have fouled inside his own area as a back pass towards Curley was a little light, Seymour took responsibility and despatched into the top corner despite the home keeper getting a hand to it.
Any hopes of a comeback for the away side were quashed just five minutes later as another Ridgway corner eluded most in the middle however Hawkins at the back stick thumped his header between the two defenders on the posts. The Horwood front man was denied by fingertips as he muscled his way through the green backline to shoot but Hunter did enough to push his effort over, with just over twenty minutes left another corner curled into the box saw Hawkins tussle with Lee Grice and the ball diverted across goal towards a green shirt on the post, his attempted clearance sliced into his own net.
Within sixty seconds Hawkins bagged his second and his sides fifth when his through ball saw Dixon clash with Hunter on the edge of the area, following up from his original pass the former Buckingham Athletic striker rolled into the unguarded net. Ridgway and his corner routine paid again on eighty minutes, this time the outstretched arm of the keeper and the leap of full back Stephen Waymark were both fruitless as the ball curled over them and nestled inside the back post, there was time for a late Wanderers second when Lewis Hook seized on a loose ball some twenty yards out and his first time effort flew into the top corner. F/T: 6-2
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