Horncastle Town Res 2-2 Saxilby Athletic
Horncastle Town reserves missed a golden chance to put daylight between themselves and bottom of the table Saxilby Athletic when the had to settle for a draw at The Wong on Saturday.
Town dominated long periods of the clash but were left to rue several wasted chances, including a late penalty.
Fortunately, super-sub Matty Low slammed home another penalty which at least earned Town some reward from the game.
Town opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Sam Johnson played a through ball to Jack Baxter, who poked an effort past the oncoming ‘keeper.
However, Saxilby levelled just before half time when Town failed to close down a midfielder on the edge of the box and he rifled a shot past Liam Smih.
The Town ‘keeper was called on again soon after, but this time he managed to tip a looping shot over the bar to keep the score at 1-1 at half time.
There was no let-off for Town on the hour mark, though.
A lack of concentration by defender Tom Watson let in an opposition striker who made no mistake with a fierce effort that found the back of the Horncastle net off the underside of the bar.
Town made a double substitution in an effort to turn things around, with Matty Low and George Swift coming on.
Low immediately found Baxter with a cross from the left, but he was unable to keep his header down.
Minutes later, Baxter was brought down in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot.
Unfortunately, his spot kick attempt was saved by the legs of the visiting ‘keeper and Town still trailed 2-1.
However, Town were awarded another penalty soon after.
This time, substitute Matty Low stepped up and made no mistake with a powerful strike into the top corner.
Town had several more chances to get an all-important winner but Lee Wilson could only hit the side netting while Callum Low attempt flew just wide.
Town: Smith, C.Low, Maplethorpe, Watson, Bodily, Cheetham, Wilson, Nunn (Wilkinson), Johnson (Swift), Burchnall (M.Low), Baxter.