Spilsby U11s 1-3 Horncastle Town U11s
Horncastle U11s travelled to neighbours Spilsby with William Fawcett appointed as captain and hopes of putting a run of recent disappointing results behind them.
Town started brightly from the off with some neat touches, flicks and through ball combinations that looked like they’d come straight from the practice-ground. Callum Burgess and Joshua Baxter both came close with well taken free-kicks only just going wide, until James Smith pounced on a Kyle Tempest long-ball to open his account.
Chances came and went at both ends with Spilsby hitting the bar on 20 minutes and then Connor Pinkett blasting inches over for Town moments later.
Town went in 1-0 at the break but it should have been more. Spilsby knew they were lucky to still be in the game but struggled to live with Horncastle’s dominance and desire to play attractive football.
More free-kicks were inevitable and Callum Burgess showed what a great dead-ball striker he is with a sweet left foot effort that was unlucky to fly inches from the top-corner just minutes from the re-start.
Some midfield exchanges followed with either side enjoying equal possession until another superbly placed through ball from Daniel Cobban split the Spilsby defence in half and allowed James Smith to blast one in from the edge of the box.
Horncastle were 2-0 up and cruising, which can often be more of a curse than a luxury given their habit of losing concentration at critical moments. Spilsby clawed one back after a defensive mix-up led to a goal line scramble and it looked as though old habits would come back to haunt them.
Horncastle had no need to fear though as Louis Jones took command and showed his strength to the Spilsby attackers, his commitment and passion demonstrated to all that he was in no mood to lie-down and be bullied. Horncastle quickly regained their two goal cushion as they shrugged off the Spilsby tackles and powered through the middle once more with a fluent move that set up a James Smith Hat-trick.
Spilsby turned up the pressure in the closing minutes in an effort to salvage some pride but Horncastle stood firm with some great defending by the in-form Lewis Howden and ever-dependable Sam Reece.
Horncastle will go into this week’s home fixture against Wyberton Colts full of confidence and should be proud of this battling performance.
Man of the Match James Smith
Team: Harry Swann, Lewis Howden, William Fawcett (c), Louis Jones, Kyle Tempest, Joshua Baxter, James Smith, Callum Burgess, Connor Pinkett. Subs: Sebastian Walsh, Sam Reece & Daniel Cobban