FOOTBALL: Charlie’s the star as Horncastle Town U10s go through

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Horncastle Town Under 10s battled through to the next stage of the Bryan Smith Trophy after topping their group.

They had an early start at the North Kesteven Sports Centre in the first round of the event.

Town were paired against Bardney, Greenbank Rangers and St Helens in a four-team ‘mini’ group.

They started off against Bardney and managed a 2-1 victory with two goals from Charlie Wilkinson.

One was a powerful shot when he was put through the middle and the second when he converted a great cross in off the post.

The second match was against A league St Helens and Town made a great start, scoring after 36 seconds when Lewis Janney found himself free just outside the box and found the top corner.

Unfortunately, Town could not hold on to the lead but could reflect on a battling performance.

The third and final game was against top of the table Greenbank Rangers who town had failed to beat in their previous two encounters.

However, this was a different affair and Town dominated the game, scoring some fantastic goals.

After five minutes, the ball came out to Lucas Walters who lobbed the ‘keeper from distance.

Two minutes later, Wilkinson grabbed his third of the competition when he shot from deep and the ball squirmed into the bottom corner, under the ‘keeper’s desperate dive.

Greenbank got one back early in the second half but Town didn’t buckle.

Instead, they continued to push forward and scored a third to seal the win.

Fraser Pemberton lofted a precise free kick in to Owen Wilkinson wide on the left and he timed his shot perfectly on the half volley and the ball curled around the ‘keeper and in off the post.

It was great effort from the boys who deservedly qualified for the next round.