FOOTBALL: Hero Smith saves Horncastle Reserves from last-gasp defeat

On the ball: Town striker Jack Baxter looks to create an opening in the reserves' 1-1 draw with Ruston Sports
On the ball: Town striker Jack Baxter looks to create an opening in the reserves' 1-1 draw with Ruston Sports

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Goalkeeper Liam Smith was the hero of Horncastle Town Reserves last Saturday as his brilliant last-gasp save helped his side earn a draw against Ruston Sports.

Town trailed 1-0 at half time but staged a big-hearted comeback with Luke Blondel scoring a deserved equaliser.

But with the seconds ticking away, Ruston mounted one last effort to take all three points.

One goal-bound effort was blocked, but a second shot from just five-yards was heading for the back of the net - until Smith somehow tipped the ball over the bar.

Seconds later, the final whistle brought an end to the clash as Town celebrated a draw that boosted their bid to climb away from the foot of the Lincoln Saturday League table.

Town boss Jamie Lamming included Will Carter, who started up front to make his first appearance since returning to the club, while Under 18s captain Tom Watson made his senior debut.

The opening half was very scrappy but fourth-placed Ruston went ahead when striker Ash Woodhall timed his run to perfection and rolled the ball past the oncoming Smith.

Town changed to a more tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation in the second half as Burchnall joined Carter and Jack Baxter up front with Watson making up a three man midfield.

The chances started to come and the best fell to Baxter, who headed a Daryl Dunn cross just over the bar.

The equaliser came with 20 minutes to go when a Burchnall shot was diverted into the back of the net by Blondel from two-yards out.

Town remained on top and went desperately close, but Lee Wilson’s shot went grazed the wrong side of the post.

It was Ruston who had the final opening but that man Smith saved the day for a relived Town squad.

Town’s next game sees them travel to Middle Rasen on Saturday in the first round of the David Cooper Cup.