Crowle Keys 2, Bottesford Town 6
THIS time last year Crowle Keys were in the middle of a three month unbeaten run - how times change. For the third time this season Town got the better of the Isle team who were a pale shadow of the side which almost caused an upset in the cup at Bottesford two weeks ago.
The game had hardly begun before the visitors took advantage of a mistake in the Keys box to take the lead.
Neither side took control of the game for the next half hour and both keepers had a quiet time. This was until a pinball-like scramble ended with the ball in Crowle’s net to give Bottesford a two-nil half-time lead.
Light drizzle and Arctic temperatures provided the backdrop for this game and two more goals made the game safe for the Scunthorpe side as they took a 4-0 lead.
The home side had the ideal opportunity to reduce arrears when Danny Smyth was brought down for a penalty with referee Allsworth dismissing the visiting goalkeeper.
But his replacement kept out Josh Simpson’s spot-kick and his team-mates made light work of their numerical disadvantage by scoring two more goals to make it 6-0.
In the last ten minutes Joe Taylor tackled a defender on the edge of the box and shot past the keeper to record a consolation goal.
He was also involved in the game’s last goal when he threaded a pass to Danny Smyth who held off a robust challenge from a defender to score for the second game running and make the final score 2-6.