Horncastle Town Reserves recorded a 3-0 win against bottom side Saxilby Athletic to secure back to back wins in the Lincoln League.
Town made three changes from the previous week’s win, bringing in Jamie Lamming, Callum Hotchin and Lee Wilson. Both teams set up with a 4-4-2 formation and it was Town who started the better.
Town were getting the ball wide to Josh Cheetham and Ben Fidling, who were causing all sorts of problems for the Saxilby defence. The first effort on goal came in the seventh minute when Nadir Boulaird went through on goal but hit the post.
The central midfield partnership of Lamming and Maplethorpe was looking strong and in the 12th minute Town forced a corner. Darren Trapmore delivered and the ball fell nicely for Jamie Lamming to hit home from close range.
Horncastle kept on the pressure and on 24 minutes Ben Fidling worked his magic on the left to put in a lovely cross for Josh Cheetham, only for the Saxilby ‘keeper to make a point blank save and turn it round the post.
Saxilby’s only chance of the half came from some indecisive defending which let an opposing striker to shoot from 20-yards but was easily saved by Jason Stamford.
On the stroke of half time Horncastle forced another corner. David Maplethorpe headed over from two yards, injuring himself in the process and had to be replaced by William Wood at half time.
The second half kicked off and was mainly a battle in midfield with Horncastle failing to kill the game as they struggled with the final ball.
Callum Hotchin replaced Daniel Garnett with 20 minutes left on the clock. Soon after the substitution Town won a corner on the left. James Blondel rose highest and headed into the top corner to make it 2-0.
The pressure was off and two minutes late Town made it 3-0. Josh Cheetham got the ball on the right, passed inside to Luke Blondel, who from the edge of the penalty area curled a lovely left footed shot into the left corner of the net.
Town’s victory was fully deserved having controlled the game for all the 90 minutes without Saxilby ever really threatening. Manager Andrew Fenn was pleased with the result and happy that his players did enough to carry on their unbeaten start to the season.
Next week sees the Reserves at home versus Retford Town. 3pm kick off.
Team: Stamford, Trapmore, J.Blondel, MacLeod, Garnett (Hothcin), Lamming, Maplethorpe (Wood), Boulaid (Wilson), Cheetham, Fidling, L.Blondel.