FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town Reserves extend unbeaten run

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Horncastle Town Reserves recorded their fourth win of the Lincoln League season with a 3-0 away victory at Cherry Willingham.

Andrew Fenn’s side built on their excellent start to the season and kept the pressure on league leaders RM Imp.

Town made numerous changes from last week’s 4-0 win. In came Scott and David Maplethorpe, Gareth Melia and a first start was awarded to new signing Ryan Beaumont.

Town set up with a 4-4-2 formation and from the off were on the attack. Town had forced three corners within the first four minutes, and only had to wait until the 10th minute to open the scoring. Ryan Beaumont received the ball on the right side of the box and a lovely turn past the defender to cross in for Luke Blondel’s fifth goal in as many matches.

Cherry were causing problems on the counter attack with a very quick right winger, who had a few good runs, but fortunately for Town the end pass came to nothing.

It was only five minutes later Town increased the lead. A defensive error forced by Luke Blondel on the edge of the box produced a snap shot that hit the back of the net for his second of the match. Cherry were getting frustrated and a lack of indiscipline led to their striker receiving a yellow card.

Town were piling on the pressure on the attack and a third goal looked imminent. Gareth Melia was inches wide from getting on the end of a Trapmore free kick. Sam Johnson had a shot blocked and a Gareth Melia also shot just wide.

On 40 minutes Cherry were reduced to 10 men when a player was dismissed for foul and abusive language towards the referee, only helping Town in a game they were in most parts controlling.

Town in the second half seemed to be happy to sit on the lead. Andrew Bullivant replaced Sam Johnson on 60 minutes to give Town some fresh legs in midfield and it was only three minutes later Town made it three to kill off the game. Darren Trapmore swung in a corner from the right and the ball fell to Andrew Bullivant from a Cherry Willingham’s clearance. Bullivant’s shot was heading in but Ryan Beaumont got a touch on the ball to claim his first goal for the club.

Jamie Lewis replaced Dan Garnett and William Wood replaced Ryan Beaumont in the closing stages. It took till 85 minutes for Jason Stamford in the Town goal to make his 1st save after a defensive error but he was alert enough to turn away the shot.

This 3-0 result means Town Reserves now are undefeated in seven matches and remain second in the Lincoln League.

Manager Andrew Fenn said “This was another solid team performance with everyone doing the job they were asked to do.”

This week sees the Reserves away to league rookies AFC Crown and Arrows.

Team Stamford, Trapmore, Garnett (Lewis), D.Maplethorpe, S.Maplethorpe, Cheetham (Wood), G.Melia, Lamming, S.Johnson(Bullivant), L.Blondel, Beaumont.