Ruston Sports Reserves 0-1 Horncastle Town Reserves
Town Reserves looked to build on their excellent previous weeks result on Saturday on the road at Ruston Sports Reserves.
After holding last season’s champions to a 1-1 draw Town now faced last season’s runners-up. Town made five changes from last week’s result due to injuries. In came Andrew Bullivant, Ben Fidling, Luke Blondel, James Blondel and the experience of Nathan Rawdon.
Town set up with a 4-1-4-1 formation and it was a very cautious start. Ruston dominated possession for the first 20 minutes but failed to create any real clear cut chances.
The first real chance came to Ruston when a town defender played the ball across his back line and the Ruston striker intercepted the ball and was one on one with Town’s ‘keeper Jason Stamford, who pulled off a brilliant save. Rustons were playing the long ball and town dealt with it effectively. Town’s only real chance of the 1st half came when Andrew Bullivant hit a shot from the edge of the area, but it was easily gathered by the ‘keeper.
The half time team talk must of worked. The second half kicked off and Town became more of an attacking threat. The central midfield duo of Bullivant and Cheetham were dominating and were making runs and playing balls to the two wingers.
The next clear cut chance came to Bullivant. He curled a left foot shot, which was destined for the bottom corner, but the Ruston ‘keeper somehow got fingertips to it for a corner. This sparked the home side into life and on two occasions Trapmore had to clear off his own goal line.
With the game in the balance it had to take a little bit of magic to separate the two teams. On 75 minutes Cheetham received the ball in midfield and played a threw ball to Fidling. With two defenders around him he managed to create himself some space, turned and rifled in an 18-yard unstoppable shot, in off the post. All the Town players celebrated together even Stamford running 70-yards to join in on the action.
It was a nervous last 15 minutes and at the death Ruston could and should have equalised. A cross from the left was missed by their striker, who headed wide at the near post from six-yards out.
This Saturday sees the Reserves play their first home game of the season as they host Saxilby Athletic.
Team: Stamford, Trapmore, J.Blondel, MacLeod, Garnett, Rawdon (Maplethorpe) Boulaird, Bullivant, Cheetham, Fidling, Swift (L.Blondel). Unused sub: Liam Smith.