FOOTBALL: Fidling’s on fire to help Horncastle Reserves battle to victory

Horncastle Tn Res 2 Monson FC 1

Horncastle Town Reserves produced a hard working display to take all three points against fifth placed Lincoln League rivals Monson FC.

Town manager Andrew Fenn made numerous changes to the starting line up from the previous week’s game but they made the worst possible start.

After just four minutes, Monson attacked and a cross bounced up and hit Town defender Trapmore on the hand. The referee pointed straight to the spot, booked Trapmore for his protests and Monson took full advantage to lead 1-0.

Town immediately responded with pressure on the Monson goal. They forced three consecutive corners and from the third, Fidling hit the bar from two yards out.

It wasn’t long before Town equalised. Luke Blondel played a ball out wide to Daniel Boddily who ran into space and cut inside before producing a fine finish.

Minutes late, Town were 2-1 to the good. Andrew Bullivant’s shot from the edge of the box was fumbled by the ‘keeper and Blondel was the first to react as his cross set up Fidling to head home from close range.

Town continued to cause problems and although Monson also looked dangerous there were no further goals before half time.

The second half was a very scrappy affair. Both sets of forwards had chances with Fiddling looking a certain scorer only to be brought back by a controversial offside decision.

Daniel Garnett replaced David Maplethorpe who earlier had twisted his ankle. Town also changed both wide men with Daniel Boddily and Josh Cheetham making way for Ryan Beaumont and debutante Callum Cheetham.

However, it took a superb save from ‘keeper William Wood in the final few minutes to secure the three points for Town and move them into third place in the table.

n The reserves now have a two week break.

Their next game is against top of the league R.M.Imp on January 3.

Town: W.Wood,D.Trapmore,D.Maplethorpe(D.Garnett),D.Marshall,J.Lewis,D.Boddily(C.Cheetham)J.Cheetham(R.Beamont)J.Lamming,A.Bullivant,B.Fidling,L.Blondel