Horncastle Town U11s 5 Boston Saints U11s 1
Lethal Liam Cotton bagged a brilliant hat-trick as Town U11s turned on the style to beat rivals Boston on Sunday.
It was level at 1-1 at the break but Town bagged four goals in the second half.
Town were without the influential Kasey Pearce and Oli Rennie, which meant Ethan Burton-Melling movied into a striking role and Liam Smith started on the left wing.
They went close early on through Burton-Melling. Boston, with a strong wind at their backs, pressed but found keeper William Chamberlain in fine form.
Town took the lead from a controversial free kick as Liam Cotton stepped up and curled a beautiful strike into the top corner of the net.
Town continued to press with Alfie Melton and Liam Smith shining while Burton-Melling was thwarted by the ‘keeper.
Boston were well in the match and attacked with pace and skill, but Isaac Bell,Sam Hull and Jack Lunn again provided a solid defence.
Boston got themselves an equaliser as a long kick from the goalkeeper caught the wind and sailed over the high back line of Town.
With the elements in their favour after the break, Town started to dominate and took the lead with another Cotton goal after good work from Bontoft.
Burton-Melling made it 3-1 and Melton added a fourth, despite strong protests from Saints’ travelling supporters.
Dylan Loveley replaced Burton-Melling and Town rounded off the scoring when Cotton completed his hat trick with another top class finish.
Town were decent value for the points in the end but Saints deserve enormous credit for their battling approach to the game.
*Town U10s were celebrating last Sunday after beating Ruskington Lions 6-0.