FOOTBALL: Sam’s the man as Town serve up goal feast

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Football

Horncastle Town U10s 11 Old Leake U10s 1

Super Sam Baldock was transformed from goalkeeper to ace goalscorer as Town U10’s grabbed an emphatic win against Old Leake.

Baldock normally featured between the sticks but made the most of right back role by posting four goals to cap a fine team performance.

Town started in positive fashion and the breakthrough came in the fifth minute. Charlie Wilkinson powered down the wing and crossed into the six yard box. The ball was cleared straight to Lewis Janney who side footed firmly into the bottom corner.

On nine minutes, the same paid combined again. Wilkinson again beat the full back and crossed to the edge of the box for Janney to sweep the ball high into the net.

Baldock was really impressive with his enthusiastic efforts an it was no surprise when he struck Town’s third goal with a neat finish after a Wilkinson corner caused problems.

The next goal came from some great interplay between Ollie Bradley and Janney through the middle that ended with Bradley jinking past the last defender and placing his shot into the bottom corner.

A minute later, Baldock met a deflected corner inside the box and fired the ball into the net from close range for his second.

Throughout the first half, Town showed plenty of energy with captain for the day, Owen Wilkinson, doing a good job down the left, supported by Louis Boddy at left back.

After 25 minutes, Bradley broke free and his shot saw a fine save from Old Leake’s keeper, only for the rebound to fall to Charlie Wilkinson who made no mistake.

There was still time for a seventh goal before half time when Baldock again got forward to finish off a move with a smart finish.

Town started the second half in a similar manner and it only took two minutes for Charlie Wilkinson’s cross come shot to be side footed into his own net by an unfortunate Old Leake defender.

Town’s energy dropped a little and Old Leake got themselves a consolation goal from some sloppy play in the middle of the park, one of the only times when keeper Fraser Pemeberton’s goal was really threatened.

However, Town quickly stopped the rot when Baldock scored his fourth goal of the game when he combined with Bradley to fire home.

In the last five minutes Town scored twice more - the first when a mis-hit shot from Bradley was slid in by Janney at the far post for his hat trick and then Jhoven Ramones rounded things off from close range.

It was another convincing team win for Town who next face top of the table Greenbank Rangers at home on Sunday (10.45).