FOOTBALL: Third time unlucky for Horncastle Reserves in cup quarter final

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Town Reserves played host to league leaders RM Imp under the floodlights on The Wong on Friday night in the David Cooper Cup quarter finals.

The visitors stood in the way of Andrew Fenn’s search for silverware in his first 
season in charge of the reserve team as his side were hoping it’d be third time lucky, having already lost to twice to the 
visitors in the league this season.

Only five minutes had been played before the first goal of the game came, and it was Town who took the lead. Andrew Bullivant rolled the ball into the path of Ryan Beaumont who made no mistake in dispatching the ball into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

However, the away side soon levelled the scoreline and continued to put Town under pressure at all times for the next 20 minutes.

Town did have their chances in the remainder of the first half but it was RM Imp who got the next goal.

It came from some poor marking from a corner which led to a free header for the Imp forward and saw them take a 2-1 lead into the half time break.

Fenn made a few changes tactically to see if this could help Town get back into the tie, but the second half began much like the first with Town playing out from the back before things broke down in the final third.

The major blow for Town came with 20 minutes to go and again it was slack marking which cost Town.

When the corner came in from the right the Imp 
substitute headed past home goalkeeper Stamford to give the visitors a two goal advantage with time running out for a Town comeback.

The game was put to bed with 10 to go when Town were punished on the counter attack after gifting the ball to the opposition on the edge of their own area.

The Imp substitute was the scorer again and after some strong running he hit the ball sweetly into the corner of the goal to make the scoreline 4-1 and send the Lincoln side into the last four of the competition.

Horncastle will regret how easy they made it for Imp though and will have to be in much better form if they are to overcome Imp when the two teams meet in March in the quarter final of the Amateur Cup.

Town’s next game is away to Saxilby Athletic, a game Fenn will be expecting his side to come away with all three points.

Team: Stamford, Low (Garnett), Marshall, Maplethorpe, Lovett, Fidling, Lamming, Bullivant (Lewis), Bodily, Beaumont (Wilson), Blondel.