Boston United Reserves 1 Horncastle Town 2
Horncastle Town saved their best until last as they rounded off their Sills and Betteridge League campaign with an outstanding win at York Street.
Two goals from Scott Lowman secured all three points following one of their best team performances of the entire campaign.
It was just the tonic Town needed ahead of thieir cup final appearance against Gainsborough Town at Lincoln United’s ground on May 10.
Town were still missing Danny Bent through injury but Olly Johnson returned to the squad and was named on the bench alongside Callum Low and Ben Johnson.
The game started at a frantic pace with Boston look to preserve their position in the top four of the table.
Town started enjoying plenty of possession with the central midfield trio of Lowman, Lovett and Brown working hard to create opportunities for lone front man Tony Edwards.
Two free kicks from distance from Lowman and an Edwards drive from 20 yards were as close as Town came to scoring but none of those efforts forced the keeper into a decent save.
As so often this season, Town conceded after a bright spell when Boston took the lead after 30 minutes.
A corner delivered to the far post was struck on the volley by a home winger and flew into the bottom corner, giving keeper Will Wood no chance.
The goal seemed to knock Town’s confidence and they struggled to keep hold of the ball for the remaining minutes but managed to see the half out and go in only one down.
Town started the second half much better and were looking more threatening in the final third.
Leading scorer Edwards should have done better when through one-on-one but fired straight at the keeper’s body.
On the hour mark, Rawdon and Lovett were replaced by Low and Olly Johnson.
With 25 minutes left, a cross whipped in from Carl Smith on the right was met by Lowman with the sweetest of volleys that arrowed past the keeper into the top corner.
From then on, there only looked like one team was going to win the game with the Town back four of Shinn, Marshall, Chris Johnson and Low thwarting everything the hosts threw at them. The winner did come with ten minutes left to play as Lowman latched onto another cross, showed a composed first touch and then poked the ball under the keeper with his second.
Town held firm the dying minutes for a valuable and deserved victory.
All that’s left this season is a cup final and a repeat of last Saturday’s form could give Town every chance of success.
Town: Wood; Rawdon (Low), C Johnson (capt), Marshall, Shinn; Smith, Lovett (O Johnson), Brown, Lowman, Melia; Edwards. Sub (not used) B Johnson.