FOOTBALL: High five as Horncastle Town keep pressure on league leaders

Horncastle Town players celebrate Carl Smith's strike EMN-140712-210252001
Horncastle Town players celebrate Carl Smith's strike EMN-140712-210252001

Town exacted revenge for their disappointing reversal at Wyberton a fortnight ago with an emphatic win in front of a sizeable home crowd.

Three much needed league points were virtually assured at the break following an outstanding first half performance and a second goal for Ollie Johnson within five minutes of the restart ended any slim hopes the visitors may have harboured of salvaging something from what was ultimately a very one sided contest.

Town started confidently and when Tony Edwards drifted inside his reverse ball picked out the run of Carl Smith and he drove the ball into the far corner with less than 15 minutes gone.

Tom Sargeant drew a foul inside the penalty area and Ollie Johnson stepped forward to double Town’s advantage.

Richard Jackson and Carl Smith were outstanding as Town looked to move the ball quickly and it was no surprise when Town added a third goal on 40 minutes. Mickey Stones led the line well throughout and Tony Edwards took full advantage of the space he created to play a neat one-two with Carl Smith before rolling the ball confidently past the ‘keeper for a superb individual goal.

Tony’s wing play was impressive throughout and minutes later he skipped past their left-back and drove to the byline before crossing for Stones to score with a well directed header to give Town a four goal cushion at half-time.

Tom Sargeant’s pace and power had been a key factor and with the second half underway he won Town a second penalty when he was brought down inside five minutes. Ollie Johnson’s kick was saved by the ‘keeper but he reacted quickest to side foot the rebound into the net for his second and Town’s fifth.

Wyberton got one back midway through the half but by this point the three points were already secure and consolidated their 
position in the top three of the league.