Horncastle Town Reserves 3-0 Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves
Town Reserves won 3-0 against Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves on Saturday to improve their chances of a top four finish in the Lincoln League.
Horncastle Town Reserves went into the game on the back of their worst run of the season, losing their last three matches.
Manager Andrew Fenn asked for a response from his players and he got the perfect answer.
It was again a much changed line up from the previous week with the team’s top scorer Luke Blondel being called up for first team duty.
He was replaced by Daniel Bent and in came Ryan Nunn on the bench for his first appearance of the season. The last time the two sides met Horncastle ran out 11-1 winners.
The game kicked off and it soon became apparent that the previous result would not be repeated with Moorlands much more competitive all round. Moorlands came out battling and produced the first real chance of the game.
Horncastle couldn’t deal with a cross from the right and Stamford had to produce a fine save to his right to deny the Moorland striker.
Horncastle were working hard and they created the next chance with Ryan Beaumont put through one on one with the ‘keeper, who saved with his legs from a tight angle.
On 25 minutes the first goal of the game came. Daniel Bent received the ball and ran to the byline from which he crossed the ball for Ryan Beaumont to bundle home, albeit to the appeals of the Moorland team claiming offside.
This settled Horncastle and the Wilson - Lamming partnership in central midfield were mainly controlling matters.
On the half hour minutes Town were rewarded with a second goal. Jason Stamford’s long kick was flicked on by Beaumont and on his return to action Bent produced an unstoppable strike from 20-yards, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
Town were now full of confidence and a minute later Jamie Lamming produced a run rounding two players and passed the ball out wide to Bent. Bent crossed for Ben Fidling to shoot, only for the ‘keeper to produce a superb save leading to a corner. From the resulting corner Town should of made it three. The ball was whipped in and Beaumont’s shot was cleared off the line with Ben Fidling hitting the rebound into the ‘keeper’s hands from six yards.
The second half kicked off with not much action at either end of the field. The midfield third was where most of the play was and there were some hard but fair tackles going in.
But an hour in Town put the game to bed. Jamie Lamming received the ball in midfield and produced a defence splitting pass for Ryan Beaumont to run onto to coolly score his second of the match.
Moorlands did have their moments but the central defensive pairing of Dave Marshall and Jamie Lewis were dealing with everything. The one real chance Moorlands had was well saved by Stamford.
Town saw the game out for what was a solid team performance and much needed three points.
Saturday will see the reserves at home to Cherry Willingham, 3pm kick off.
Team: J.Stamford, Bodily (S.Maplethorpe), Marshall, Lewis, Hotchin, Cheetham, Lamming, Wilson (Nunn), Fidling, Beaumont (D.Maplethorpe), Bent.