Retford Town 6
Horncastle Town Res 0
Horncastle Reserves were well blow their best as they crashed to a heavy defeat at Lincoln League rivals Retford Town on Saturday.
Town made their longest trip of the season with plenty of confidence and were looking to bolster their place in the top four.
However, they never settled against a spirited Retford side and were left to reflect on their heaviest defeat of the campaign.
Town started brightly and won a corner, but the resulting cross was comfortably dealt with.
Retford replied and their winger cut inside, rounded two Town players and fired in a fierce shot, which produced a good save from Jason Stamford. Unfortunately, the re-bound fell straight to a home player, who had a simple tap in.
Things got worse for Town when a poorly defended corner went across the six-yard box and was smashed into the top corner.
Town tried to hit back but were struggling with the condition of a pitch, which wasn’t suited to the passing game that had seen them climb to fourth in the league.
Retford adapted much better and their long-ball style and determined pressing kept Town firmly on the back foot.
Town had two long range shots but didn’t really trouble Retford’s goal with dangermen Luke Blondel and Ryan Beaumont kept very quiet.
At half-time, Scott Maplethorpe replaced the injured Callum Low, but Town could not kick start an expected fightback.
Retford were first to everything and seemed to be playing with confidence.
Another corner was poorly defended which produced Retford’s third goal.
Town knew the game was over and a further three goals completed their agony.
Boss Andrew Fenn will be expecting a positive response from his squad next Saturday when they are at home to Ruston Sports Reserves in the league. Town: Stamford, Trapmore, Marshall, C.Low (Maplethorpe), Garnett, Boddily, Lamming, Bullivant, S. Johnson (W.Wood), Blondel, Beaumont. Sub (not used) L.Smith