Horncastle Reserves 1
RMI Imp 2
Town’s reserve team gave Lincoln League leaders RM Imp a real fright at The Wong on Saturday and were unlucky not to take something from the clash.
Town missed an early chance when Jack Baxter headed over from five yards, but they didn’t have to wait much longer when Luke Blondel dispossessed the Imp defence and coolly chipped the ‘keeper from the edge of the area to give the home side the lead.
With Lee Wilson and Scott Maplethorpe winning the battle in the middle of the park, Town continued to impress and Tommy Chalk and Josh Cheetham caused problems out wide.
Baxter should have doubled the advantage when he headed wide his second opportunity of the game.
Thirty minutes in, RM Imp were awarded a penalty after a foul by Daryl Dunn and visiting skipper Liam Uzzel stepped up and slotted the ball past Liam Smith.
This seemed to spark the away side into life and the visitors began to show a few more signs of why they were top of the league.
They almost took the lead in the first minute of the second half but a fingertip save from Liam Smith pushed the ball onto the crossbar.
Imp began to press for the winner but Town were continuing to be a threat in an attempt to take the lead themselves.
Their best chance fell to Chalk when Baxter rolled the ball into his path, but he was unable to finish and sliced the ball wide.
Shortly after, Imp made the game 2-1 when the league’s top scorer, Jason Tinkler, netted his 17th goal of the season with a clinical top corner finish.
Although beaten, Town were far from disgraced and will be looking to bounce back at home to Fulbeck Utd on Saturday (ko: 2.15pm).
Town: Smith, C.Low, Porter, J.Blondel, Dunn (Bodily), Chalk, Maplethorpe (Nunn), L.Wilson, Cheetham (Burchnall) Baxter, L.Blondel.