FOOTBALL: Stand-in Lockley saves the day for Horncastle U11s

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Welton U11s 0 Horncastle Town U11s 4

Strikers Kasey Pearce and Liam Cotton led the way as Town U11s served up a sparkling second half performance to grab a deserved win at Welton.

While their two front players were outstanding, Town were full of praise for stand-in keeper Dylan Lockley who produced some fine saves to record a clean sheet.

Town had to endure a lot of Welton pressure in the first half as they struggled to get a foothold.

Welton opened Town up after seven minutes but the final shot was well held by Loveley. Jack Lunn had to time numerous tackles well to stem the tide and when Welton did get through, Sam Hull or Isaac Bell covered.

Welton remained on the attack and it looked like a goal was only a matter of time away, but they found Loveley in top form.

Town almost took the lead against the run of play as Bontoft won the ball on the half way line and found Cotton who was denied by the ‘keeper.

Town again broke away quickly and Lewis Baxter fed Pearce who laid the ball out to Ethan Burton-Melling, but his cross was well gathered by the home ‘keeper.

Lockley continued to defy Welton and Town boss Liam Smith rallied his team at the break and made a couple of minor tactical changes.

Town looked a lot more lively and took the lead when Pearce and Cotton combined to feed the ball out to Burton-Melling whose shot found the back of the net.

Town grabbed second goal when Alfie Melton and Oliver Rennie carved out an opening that Cotton snapped up,

A terrific strike from Pearce made it 3-0 and Cotton wrapped up the win with his second of the game.

The two sides meet again this Sunday with Town having home advantage.