FOOTBALL: Horncastle Juniors bite bullets in a narrow success

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Horncastle Town U11s 3

East Coast Bullets 2

A hat trick from Liam Cotton helped Town U11s beat East Coast, although they were lucky to claim all three points.

The clash proved to be a classic cliche - a game of two halves. Town were very good in the first but had to endure tremendous pressure from the visitors in the second. Bullets certainly deserved a point from the game on the balance of play.

An illness to Isaac Bell meant skipper Lewis Baxter came back into Town’s line up and they made a lively start.

Town went ahead as Pearce played a clever pass through to Cotton, who hit a shot that the ‘keeper couldn’t stop from rolling in.

After soaking up some pressure, Town then doubled their lead - again through Cotton after he was fed by quick pass from Melton.

Melton and Lunn went close but Bullets managed to reduce the arrears before half time.

Bullets still piled forward in the second half and reduced the arrears further, but Town hung on with ‘keeper William Chamberlain impressing.

Town visit Welton this Sunday (ko: 12.30).

n Town U14s rattled in four goals to pick up an emphatic 4-0 win at Hykeham Tigers.

The U16s were unlucky to lose 3-2 at HBW United Vulcans while the U10s were beaten 6-1 by Nettleham.