Horncastle Town 3 Development X1 3-0 University of Lincoln Law Society
A superb free kick from Andrew Bullivant helped Horncastle Town’s Development squad continue their winnings ways in Division Five of the Lincoln and District League at The Wong on Sunday.
Bullivant’s strike - combined with a Luke Blondel penalty and a goal from sub’ Ben Fidling - was too much for the Law Society.
Town started the full of confidence after recent results and some decent one and two touch football led to early chances for strikers Luke Blondel and Tom Sewell.
A fine move started by Bullivant on half way saw right back Joe Wilkinson drive down the wing and deliver a fine cross, Bullivant, who had made a great run into the box, was brought down and Blondell stepped up to slot the spot kick into the bottom left corner.
Town’s defence kept the Law Society chances to just a minimum. Dan Garnett, in for the injured Harry Simmons, worked well alongside regular centre half Dave Maplethorpe.
Town continued to press and hard working midfielder Henry Lyddiat linked with skipper Callum Low, who was fouled on the edge of the box. Bullivant lined up the free kick and managed to curl the ball around the wall and into the back of the net.
The goal gave Town a deserved 2-0 lead at the interval and they began the second half at a high tempo.
Another quality move resulted in a one-on-one chance for Bullivant to get another goal, but the Law Society ‘keeper pulled off a fine save.
Town had all the possession and always looked in control of the game.
Ben Fidling came on for George Swift and made an immediate impact, scoring with his second touch of the ball as swept away from the last defender and fired a great shot past the ‘keeper to make it 3-0.
As the game entered the last 20 minutes, Town continued to push their opponents back and created a couple of chances.
The Law Society looked to open their account but Eddie Wright, deputising in goal for the absent Liam Smith, kept a clean sheet.
The win cemented Town’s position in the top four and one of the highlights was a fine performance from left back Callum Hotchin. He continues to improve and will soon be knocking on the door for the Saturday reserve team.
Assistant manager Alan Wilkinson, said: “Overally, we didn’t play as we can but managed to get a positive result and stop our opponents scoring.
“It sets us up nicely for next Sunday’s game at Newtoft Terriers.”
Town: Wright, Wilkinson, Hotchin, Garnett, D Maplethorpe, Andy Bullivant, Low, Swift, Lyddiat, Sewell, Blondel. Subs: Fidling, Ash Bullivant.