Terrific Town extinguish the Grantham Flames

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Grantham Flames U14s 3 Horncastle Town U14s 11

The game started at a fairly even pace but Town went head when Henry Wilson whipped in a corner to the near post and the Grantham ‘keeper fumbled the ball into his own net.

Straight from re-start, Town went two-up when Christother Barge’s first time from outside the box found the top right corner.

Grantham were showing plenty of determination but there was no holding Town as they went three ahead. Another fine run from Wilson down the left and a perfectly placed cross was met by Jenson Ross-lea who tapped in from the near post.

Grantham tried to hit back but were stung by a superb goal on the counter-attack by Town. Archie Offord split the home defence and a marauding Oliver Dean calmly rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home.

There was no holding Town and seconds later, they scored again as Reece Bevington powered in a long-range special.

Town really were playing some great stuff and play was switched from left to right for Corey Pearce to beat his marker and set up Bevington, who tapped in from close range.

Town again turned defence into an attack as the ball was played through by Luke Hockley for Oliver Dean to run onto and again he rounded the Grantham ‘keeper and slotted home a well taken goal.

Soon after, a throw in taken from the right was met by Corrie Pearce, who struck a powerful shot that was well saved by the Grantham ‘keeper.

Town went further ahead when Pearce made a strong run into the box. He rode two tackles but was brought down by a third and the referee pointed to the spot. Pearce picked himself up and made no mistake.

Amazingly, Town led 10-0 at the interval and were warned not to be complacent after serving up a feast of attacking football which impressed even Grantham’s supporters.

The second half got underway and again, it looked as though Town were going to continue the onslaught, but some fine saves from the Grantham ‘keeper kept them out.

Harry Close did make it 11-0 but, as often happens, Town took their foot off the pedal.

Grantham finally came into the game and despite some impressive work by ‘keeper Travis Ayres, Town conceded three goals. Still, Town were more than good value for a win that highlighted the potential of the entire squad.