Horncastle Town U12s 2
Old Leake U12s 1
A late strike from super sub Robbie Baxter earned Town U12s an outstanding win against league leaders Old Leake on Sunday.
Baxter’s goal - with just two minutes to go - was no more than Town deserved after they served up one of their best displays of the campaign to the delight for manager Julian Howden and an army of supporters.
Town took the game to Old Leake from the start with skipper Travis Lea and Thomas Fiddies leading the way.
Liam Pickering, playing on the right wing, always looked to get involved and he helped set up the opening goal. He linked with Fiddies whose cross the back post was finished off in style by Samuel Howden.
Town continued to work hard and fought for every ball with Lewis Pell commanding at the back, despite marking an opposition attacker almost twice his size. Morgan Colson was another impressive figure.
Old Leake were rattled and struggled to get any real flow into their game.
An injured Scott Bodily was working hard for Town, winning every challenge while Zakary Townsend was always in the right place at the right time.
Old Leake could not break Town’s defence and were restricted to taking wild shots from way outside the area, which barely troubled ‘keeper Alex Edwards.
Town held on to their lead at half time and a positive team talk from their manager saw them come out in determined style.
However, Old Leake levelled the scores with a free kick that found the top corner of the net and punished Town for a poorly formed defensive wall.
The game was balanced on a knife edge. Both sides had chances but with two minutes to go, it was Baxter who came up trumps.
Town won a free kick which was pumped into the penalty box by Lea and Baxter found the back of the net with a volley to break Old Leake’s hearts.
All Town’s players shared the man of the match award after a terrific team performance.
The U12s are at home to Sleaford Town Boys on Sunday (February 23) with a 10.45 kick off. Captain for the match will be Morgan Colson.