FOOTBALL: Dean’s dazzling double helps bury Barrowby

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

Horncastle Town U14s 6 Barrowby JFC 2

Oliver Dean and Rhys Bevington grabbed two goals each as Town U14s made it six of the best against Barrowby.

‘Keeper Travis Ayres pulled off a terrific save early on to deny Barrowby while at the other end, Dean was denied by an equally impressive stop.

Dean, Bevington and Cori Pearce all went close but the breakthrough finally came in the 15th minute when Bevington teed up Dean who scored.

Before Barrowby could recover, they found themselves two down when Harry Close wasted no time and raced through the defence to score.

Barrowby battled back but it was Town who struck next when Pearce’s penalty just had enough power to make it over the line, despite the best efforts of the ‘keeper.

Dean then headed over and Pearce was twice denied by another smart save by Barrowby’s ‘keeper, who was working overtime to keep his side in the game.

As half time approached, Barrowby did open their account when a deflected shot gave Ayres no chance to save.

Bevington and Ross-Lea went close to increasing Town’s lead, but it was Barrowby who found the back of the net to 
reduce the deficit to just a goal.

Town dug deep and stepped up their efforts, which paid off when Close found Dean who grabbed his second of the game.

A few minutes later, Ayres sent a long, high goal kick down the middle that caught out the defence and Bevington ran through to power the ball into the back of the net.

Barrowby weren’t giving up, but their attacks floundered on some excellent defending from Offord and Hockley.

Town had another couple of opportunities in the last five minutes with a shot from Clark just left of the post and an effort from Berington forcing another great save from the ‘keeper.

Town fully deserved the win and no one will argue their tally would definitely have been greater without the superb performance by the Barrowby ‘keeper.

Town: Ayres, Hockley, Marcenuik, Offord, Bargh, Wood, Close, Pearce, Bevington, Dean, Clark. Sub: Ross-Lea