Super Sub Knight Steals the Show
By Dean Wootten
Dave scores Double to Seal victory over Soham
Saturday 15th December
The Len Salmon Stadium
Kick Off: 15:00
Bostick Division One North
Referee: Chris Bodell
Assistant Referees: Ede Eruero & Alphie Ibrahim
David Knight produced a super-sub performance, scoring twice to earn Bowers & Pitsea a 3-1 win over Soham Town Rangers. Sam Mulready handed Soham the lead from the penalty spot, but Lewis Manor equalised on the stroke of half-time bundling home Richard Halle’s knockdown. Knight was introduced in the 55th minute and scored nine minutes later to hand Bowers the lead. Knight scored his second and Bowers third on the full-time whistle as the hosts remained top of the Bostik Division One North.
Bowers starting XI remained unchanged from the 3-1 win over Dereham Town, meaning there was only a place on the bench for Fahad Nyanja who rejoined in the week from Basildon United.
Bowers started the better of the two sides and came close to opening the scoring in the first quarter of an hour. First, Brad Warner saw his shot well saved by Josh Pope after both Ben Sartain and Richard Halle had helped on a free-kick. Sartain then headed into the side netting from Tom Stephen’s cross.
Sam Mulready thought he had handed Soham the lead in the 16th minute as he powered a header past Andy Wilton, but referee Chris Bodell spotted a push from the Rangers forward on Stephen and disallowed the goal.
Mulready wasn’t to be denied a goal the second time around as he converted from the penalty spot. Stephen was judged, harshly, to have been doing the pushing on this occasion as he seemingly bundled Callum Russell to the floor, and Mulready was able to guide his penalty into the back of the net to see the visitors take the lead.
Bowers slowly but surely started to create chances once more and Martyn Stokes was left with his head in his hands, as The Captain’s goal bound header was blocked by Quentin Monville’s face.
Bowers were to go into the break level though as on the stroke of half-time Lewis Manor bundled home an equaliser. After a corner was only half cleared, the ball was sent back into the area and Richard Halle rose the highest to head goalwards with Manor on hand to poke the ball past Pope from two yards out.
Shortly after the break, Bowers replaced James Thomas with David Knight and what an inspired change it was from the hosts’ manager Rob Small, as less than 10 minutes after entering the field of play, ‘Knighty’ scored. After Warner had forced Pope into a save, he hung up the resulting corner which found Knight in space and he headed home from close range.
Lewis Manor very nearly made it 3-1 less than a minute later but his glancing header from Sartain’s cross smashed into the post, with Knight unable to beat Pope to the rebound.
Bowers were now playing with the confidence of a side leading the game, and came close to extending their lead twice in the space of two minutes. First, Manor saw his header tipped over the bar by Pope, but Bodell inexplicably pointed for a goal-kick. Then Knight came close to scoring his second of the match after Warner had played him in, but Pope did well to save from Bowers top goalscorer.
Bowers made a late change as Fahad Nyanja came on for Quentin Monville, but there was still time for Bowers to score a third in the game, thanks to the persistence of Ben Sartain. A ball forward looked to be going out of play, but Sartain did not give up on the chase and was able to hook the ball around the defender into the path of the waiting Knight who slotted home his second of the game.