FOOTBALL: Late goal is a heartbreaker for Town U13s

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Horncastle U13’s battled valiantly against a determined Greenbank team but went down to a 3-2 defeat.

Both sides deserved medals for completing the game in atrocious weather but it was Greenbank who snatched the spoils with a last minute goal.

Oliver Dean and Christopher Bargh impressed in Horncastle’s midfield and the home side took the lead when Harry Close found the back of the net in the 13th minute.

Greenbank responded with some good attacking play that paid off when they scored an equaliser six minutes later.

The visitors pressed home their attacks but Shay Connolly and Luke Hockley kept them out with a terrific clearances,

Town returned to the attack and regained the when Close was brought down in the box. He saw his penalty brilliantly saved but fired home the rebound.

Despite some excellent corners from Henry Wilson and strong runs from Cori Pearce, Oliver Dean and Rhys Bevington, Town could not add to their lead.

At the other end, some superb saves from Travis Ayres kept Greenbank at bay.

There were discussions at half time to abandon the game because of the weather but both teams agreed to play on.

The second half was fairly evenly matched although Horncastle went close when a fine move ended with Bevington’s powerful shot skimming the bar.

As the bad weather continued, Greenbank’s half-time decision to put hoodies on under their shirts started to give them the advantage.

Greenbank levelled but more excellent work from Ayres - supported by defender Ricky Marceniuk - kept Horncastle in the contest.

However, Greenbank launched another attack with the seconds ticking away to score the winning goal and break Town’s hearts.

*Town’s U13’s next match is a 10.45am kick-off at Fishtoft on February 9.