Horncastle Town Reserves 3 Fulbeck United 3
Skipper Scott Maplethorpe bundled in a last-gasp leveller to cap a terrific fightback by Town’s reserves at The Wong on Saturday.
Maplethorpe and his teammates looked to be heading for defeat when they trailed 3-1 early in the second half, despite dominating long periods of the clash.
However, Jack Baxter grabbed his second goal of the game to give Town hope and then Maplethorpe grabbed an 85th minute leveller.
That set up a grandstand finish and although they piled on the pressure, they were denied a winning goal.
Although the result leaves Town deep in trouble at the wrong end of the table, they showed terrific character to stage that comeback.
Player-boss Jamie Lamming will be hoping side can climb the table in the second half of the campaign.
Having gained their only win of the season over Fulbeck in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Town were hoping to register a double.
They started the game much the better of the two sides and played some fast flowing attacking football with Tommy Chalk impressing on the left of a midfield quartet.
The two main chances of the half for Town fell to Jack Baxter but he was unable to get any real power behind the shots, resulting in comfortable saves for the opposing ‘keeper.
It was the visiting side who took the lead against the run of play with 25 minutes gone when the winger cut in from the left and finished smartly.
Ten minutes later, Fulbeck doubled their advantage when Town struggled to clear a corner and a powerful shot gave Town ‘keeper Liam Smith little or no chance.
Early in the second half, Town introduced Carl Smith from the subs’ bench in place of Josh Cheetham.
It wasn’t long until he made an impact when he began to pull the strings from the centre of the park.
Town made it 2-1 when Chalk slid the ball into the channel between the centre half and full back into the path for Baxter to slot home.
However, it was Fulbeck who scored next to go 3-1 up after an excellent header from a corner.
Baxter soon made it 3-2 when he slid in at the back post to from a low cross from Daryl Dunn to score his second of the game and his ninth of the campaign.
Town applied constant pressure as they looked to find that all important equaliser.
It came with five minutes to go when a Smith corner was forced home by MaplethorpE from all of a yard out.
Town tried to force the winner in the final few minutes but were halted by the full time whistle.
The reserves now have a two week break and have to wait until December 21 when they take on Retford Town on The Wong in the quarter finals of the Amateur Cup.
Team: L.Smith, Bodily, Porter, Maplethorpe, Dunn, Chalk, Wilson (Lamming), Nunn (Burchnall), Cheetham (C.Smith), L.Blondel, Baxter.