Lincoln Moorland Railway Reserves 1 Horncastle Town Reserves 11
Town’s Reserves bounced back to winning ways in the Lincoln and District League on Saturday - and in some style.
They built up a full head of steam to knock rivals Lincoln Moorland Railway well and truly off track, scoring 11 goals.
The match was a triumph for Ryan Beaumont who bagged five and Andrew Bullivant who snared a hat trick.
After last week’s defeat, Beaumont returned on the left wing and brothers David and Scott Maplethorpe were the centre half pairing with Dave Marshall reverting to left back.
From the kick off, Town took advantage of the wide pitch and were playing some lovely one touch football which Moorlands had no answer.
Beaumont was causing all sorts of problems for the home defence and on couple of occasions, he carved through but just lacked the final ball.
On 22 minutes, Town made the breakthrough. David Marshall linked with Beaumont on the left who squared the ball to James Melia who powered in a fierce shot from the edge of the box.
Only four minutes later, Town doubled their lead. Beaumont found Bullivant in the penalty area and he coolly guided the ball into the bottom corner.
Soon after, Beaumont was brought down in the area for a penalty. Luke Blondel stepped up but the ‘keeper made a good save - guessing the right way.
Town immediately re-gained possession and Beaumont put a through ball in for Blondel, who beat the offside trap and slotted home.
Town had a few more chances to increase the lead before half time. Jamie Lamming shot over the bar from 25-yards and the ‘keeper made an excellent save from Beaumont on the stroke of the interval.
The second half started the same way as the first finished with Town playing free flowing attacking football.
Within two minutes of the restart, Beaumont had scored another two goals. The first came when he latched onto a lovely 40-yard cross field ball from Sam Johnson and the second was created by a midfield run from Bullivant, who put him in to round the ‘keeper and make it 5-0. Town made it 6-0 three minutes later with Melia setting up Bullivant.
Jamie Lewis replaced Marshall but Town pressed on and it was soon 7-0. Blondel was brought down in the area for Town’s second penalty of the match. This time, Beaumont stepped up to score his first hat-trick for the club.
Daniel Boddily and Daniel Garnett replaced the hard working Sam Johnson and David Maplethorpe and Moorlands did reply with a goal of their own.
But Town soon made it 8-1 as Lamming crashed a low drive past the ‘keeper.
The goals continued to flow. James Melia slotted Beaumont in for his fourth and his fifth came on 86 minutes after fine work by Daniel Bodily and Melia.
With the final whistle approaching, there was still time for Bullivant to get his hat-trick. Blondel found himself on the edge of the area and he played a lobbed ball in for Bullivant to hammer home.
It was an excellent display of attacking football by the entire team which delighted manager Andrew Fenn.
Next Saturday sees the reserves face their biggest test of the season as they travel to top of the table RM Imp FC.
Town: J.Stamford, D.Trapmore, D.Maplethorpe (D.Garnett), S.Maplethorpe, D.Marshall (J.Lewis) J.Lamming, A.Bullivant, J.Melia, S.Johnson (D.Bodily), R.Beaumont, L.Blondel.