Once again there was action aplenty in the Horncastle Five-a-side League...
Spandau Pele 3
It was Spandau Pele who struck first when Olly Johnson made it 1-0 early on.
Chris Pennell went close to grabbing an immediate response but he drew a good save from Jamie Newton.
Richie Hall then hit the side netting as Spandau tried to increase their lead, but Bantalona began to pull themselves back into the game as Jordan Standlands’ deflected shot somehow stayed out and hit the post.
An injury for Spandau, who had no substitutes, saw Bantalona take advantage of the spare man for Pennell to equalise before half time.
In good sportsmanship from Bantalona, they allowed Spandau Pele to have a guest player stand-in to have an equal amount of players on the pitch.
It seemed, selfishly, like the wrong decision as Hall smashed in for 2-1, and then a great long ball over the top of the defence allowed Johnson to grab his second for 3-1.
However, Bantalona responded immediately for 3-2 and then Pennell grabbed his second of the game to equalise.
Despite a goal ruled out contentiously for Bantalona, it did not stop man-of-the match Dan Hunt grabbing the winner with a left foot shot that went in off the post for a fantastic comeback and a rare win for them at 4-3.
Jay Peterson had the first chance when a shot off the outside of the boot went narrowly wide, but some early saves for Beercelona’s Sean Gilbody kept his team in it.
However, he was left flat-footed when Connor Preston hit the post.
In truth, Sean Gilbody preformed miracles for Beercelona to keep the scoreline to 0-0, but eventually Charlie Stapleton finally found a way through to make it 1-0 on a breakaway.
Charlie Stapleton then rolled his marker, Nathan Wilkinson, to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half time.
Connor Preston made it 3-0 early in the second half following a quick throw-in which effectively ended the contest.
A great shot from Sam Dumbrell on his weaker foot brought an excellent save by Craig Blackburn, and he later denied Jay Peterson smartly, but the man-of-the-match award deservedly went to keeper Sean Gilbody who kept the score somewhat respectable on a disappointing night for Beercelona.
ISS RAFCATS 2
Ivory Toast 0
Jack Whitt had the first good chance of the game as he hit the side netting, whilst Jim Sharples’ hammered chance was well saved.
In the second half, Whitt’s hard shot was tipped over by Stan and he then hit the side netting as Ivory Toast dictated play in the early part of second half.
Sharples then had a great chance as he took the ball wide and pulled the keeper out of position, but he put wide.
It was left to Ollie Elkington to grab the headlines this week as he blasted one in from distance for 1-0.
Despite chances for both teams, it was Steve Hill who rounded off the victory as he ran through for 2-0.
Sam Smith was given the man-of-the-match award for a quality all-round performance.
Ginger Gaffer 2
The top two were only seperated by goal difference at the start of the game, but by the end of it, it was clear who the winners were on the night.
Man of the match Nathan Wright had the games’ first chance as he put wide.
However, the lead was not far away as Ollie Harvey-Avery scored his first of two as he ran through the defence and smashed home for 1-0.
Sam Johnson made it 2-0 after a Paul Danut slip as Gaffers became camped In their own half.
A great save from keeper Rob Taylor thrid but he was powerless to stop Sam Johnson nipping in again to poke home for 3-0.
Nathan Wright made it 4-0 before Jack Harwood pulled a goal back, finishing well into the near post for 4-1.
Blake Kenneally-Forrester got a second as Ginger Gaffer started to show signs of life which was soon extingushed as Harvey-Avery grabbed his second and the teams fifth to move two points clear at the top for 5-2.
P W D L F A Pts
OGFC 12 9 2 1 50 17 20
Ginger Gaffer 12 8 2 2 32 12 18
Tekkerslovaki 12 7 3 2 27 9 17
ISS RAFCATS 12 6 3 3 22 11 15
Spabdau Pele 12 6 1 5 25 24 13
Beercelona 12 5 1 6 24 26 11
Ivory Toast 12 5 0 7 23 17 10
Bantalona 12 2 4 6 15 30 8