FOOTBALL: Super Sewell bags four in Town’s victory romp

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The Shed FC 3

Horncastle Town

Development Squad 7

A new strike partnership of Tom Sewell and Luke Blondell paid off as Town’s Development Squad bounced back to winning ways in Division five of the Lincoln and District Sunday League.

Sewell bagged four goals and Blondell three as Town romped to victory at Lincoln based The Shed, without ever hitting top form.

It was Sewell who sealed the success with a couple of late goals and his tally included a perfect hat trick - a left foot strike, a right foot strike and a header.

Town started well and were soon pressing The Shed defence, movement from central midfielders Harry Simmons and 
Andrew Bullivant looking to field quality balls into the strikers.

Decent attacking play from both teams led to a few goal scoring opportunities, but Town took the lead when Blondell linked with Sewell whose early finish found the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The Shed hit back strongly. They were dangerous on the break and levelled from a corner with a neat finish.

Town pushed for another goal from the re-start and it eventually came when winger Will Burton found the boot of Blondell, who crashed in a great shot.

Town led 2-1 at the break and they started in encouraging style, looking to build play from the back.

Quick throws from ‘keeper Liam Smith launched full backs Callum Hotchin and Joe Wilkinson forward and they were soon pressing.

Town were forced into a change when George Swift was substituted following an injury and Tom Gardner came on, Tom Sewell went up front to partner Blondell.

The new partnership worked well and a second goal for Blondell soon followed.

Further pressure finally paid off when Bullivant put a fine ball behind the defence, which Sewell latched onto and fired home Town’s fourth.

Sloppy play from Town led to a goal from The Shed to make it 4-2.

From the restart, Town applied constant pressure and good passing and movement led to a third goal for Blondell as he completed his hat trick.

Again the Shed came straight back and a good break led to a decent through ball and finish from their striker, pegging Town back to a 5-3 lead.

Town, though, made the game safe in the closing stages as their hard work paid off in some style.

The sixth goal came from great build up play by Dave Maplethorpe at centre back, through to Simmons and Sewell beat the ‘keeper in a one on one situation.

Finally, Sewell hit his fourth goal with a fine individual effort when he lobbed the ‘keeper from the edge of the box.

Town’s assistant manager Alan Wilkinson said: “It was a strange game.

“We were not at our best but the lads dug in and pulled off a good result.

“However, we will have to improve for next week’s game against Sleaford Seahawks.”