FOOTBALL: Injury hit Horncastle Town are no match for Gainsborough

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Gainsborough Town 3 Horncastle Town 0

A depleted Horncastle Town side were no match for title hopefuls Gainsborough Town on Saturday as they were well-beaten in their latest Sills and Betteridge Premier Division game.

Manager Paul Johnson, already without several key players, was forced to make even more changes in the hour leading up to kick off.

Midfield due Ollie Johnson and Steve Brown were caught up in traffic due to a road incident so were unable to start.

As a result, Town brought in Lamming and Blondel who were initially set for places on the bench.

The changes, though, continued as Lamming lasted just five minutes because of illness with Brown taking over.

Gainsborough went close after 20 minutes but Will Wood tipped a header over the bar.

However, there was no denying the host from the resulting corner as they went 1-0 up.

Town fell further behind ten minutes later when Wood came out to smoother a the ball but was harshly adjudged to have taken out a player first.

Gainsborough’s captain stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball down the middle of the goal, as Wood dived to his right.

The second half saw Town concede a further goal but despite the score, they continued to play some neat football but lacked a cutting edge.

Town probably deserved a goal for their efforts but could have few complaints about the outcome against well organised, hard working opponents.

Town will be hoping they can produce a much more positive result next Saturday as they take on Sleaford Town Reserves in the semi final of the Supplementary Cup at Eslaforde Park. (2.30pm).

Wood, Shinn, Lowman, Marshall, Low, Melia, Lamming (Brown), Edwards, Blondel (Johnson), Harness, Bent.