FOOTBALL: Great Scott! Horncastle Town’s late show pays off

Horncastle Town's Michael Harness battles for possession with a Lincoln United Reserves player
Horncastle Town's Michael Harness battles for possession with a Lincoln United Reserves player

Horncastle Town served up their own version of the “Late Show” to beat Premier Division rivals Lincoln United Reserves at The Wong.

The Sills and Betteridge League clash looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw until ice-cold Scott Lowman popped up to score the winning goals with the last kick of the game.

His classy finish crowned a marvellous comeback as Town earned Town back-to-back wins - and sent the home fans into raptures after a titanic battle

Town were missing Tony Edwards and Nathan Rawdon through injury and Olly Johnson was only fit enough for the bench.

Callum Low and Jamie Lamming were brought in to make up the bench.

The game opened with mid-table United enjoying a lot of possession and they took the lead after 25 minutes.

A corner to the back post was headed in by their unmarked winger.

Town continued to struggle to get a hold of the ball and the United right winger was getting plenty joy down the flank.

‘Keeper William Wood had to be sharp to beat away a swirling shot just before the break.

Town began the second half on the front foot and were looking much more decisive.

Michael Harness was unlucky with a strike from distance that flew just went over.

On the hour mark, Olly Johnson came on to replace Steve Lovett. Almost immediately, Johnson’s free kick was only inches too high.

On 70 minutes, Town drew level when Harness cut in from the left and his shot was fumbled into the net by the ‘keeper.

Lamming and Low came on to replace Dave Marshall and Danny Bent as Town pushed for that elusive winning goal.

Gaz Melia should have scored when he was teed up by Lowman, but he put his free header over the bar.

With only seconds remaining, the winning goal did come.

Harness flicked the ball through and Lowman - one on one with the ‘keeper - was fortunately the calmest person inside the ground as he found the back of the net.