Horncastle Town Reserves 4 Retford Town 0
Town’s in-form reserves booked their place in the quarter finals of the David Cooper Cup with an impressive demolition job on Retford at The Wong on Saturday.
New signing Mickey Stones celebrated his return to the club with a well-taken goal as Town stretched their unbeaten run to six games.
Former Boston United striker Stones is expected to challenge fora a first team place and showed he’d lost any of his predatory skills with a typically well-taken effort.
Town had beaten Retford 4-1 in the league recently and the writing was on the wall for the visitors when they went behind after just ten minutes.
Jamie Lamming slid the ball into the path of Sam Johnson who set up Luke Blondel to hit home for his fourth goal in as many games.
Stones was proving a handful for the Retford defence and Town had several other chances to build on the their early lead but failed to convert any of them.
Retford grew into the game as the half went on and were causing some problems but Town’s defence stood strong and keeper Stamford produced some confident handling.
Town made one change at half time with Fidling being replaced by Boulaid.
It took another 20 minutes before Town finally turned their pressure into another goal as James Melia found the back of the net from 18 yards.
Josh Cheetham entered the action with 20 minutes remaining and Town quickly added a third goal.
Skipper Darren Trapmore picked out Stones who, in typical fashion, pulled off his defender and headed powerfully past the Retford ‘keeper.
That goal killed the game off but Town still had time to score again as Blondel crossed hard and low from the right and the ball deflected into the net off an unfortunate Retford defender.
Town will play league leaders RM Imp in the next round of the competition.
First, through, they return to league action on Saturday when host Cherry Willingham on The Wong.
Town: Stamford, Bodily, Garnett, Lewis, Trampmore, J.Melia, Lamming, S.Johnson (Cheetham), Fidling (Boulaid), L.Blondel, Stones (Beaumont).