FOOTBALL: Hat trick ace Smith is toast of the Town

It's mine: Horncastle Town striker Tony Edwards battles for the ball for a Nettleham defender
It's mine: Horncastle Town striker Tony Edwards battles for the ball for a Nettleham defender

Horncastle Town staged a storming comeback to demolish Nettleham 4-1 and power into the semi finals of the Supplementary Cup.

A hat trick from Carl Smith was the highlight of a much improved home performance as Town clinched a tie at Sleaford Town Reserves in the last four of the competition.

Boss Paul Johnson will be hoping his side can build on the victory.

Town welcomed back Danny Bent after suspension and he was joined on the bench by Dave Marshall and Olly Johnson, who were returning from injuries. Keith Jones was in goal with regular ‘keeper Will Wood unavailable.

Town found themselves trailing after a bizarre own goal. Captain Chris Johnson cleared a cross, but the ball rebounded off teammate Michael Harness and straight into the back of the net.

Town responded well and were unlucky not be level when Gareth Melia unleashed a volley from 25-yards out, his effort cannoned off the bar with the ‘keeper well beaten.

Five minutes later, the equaliser did come as Steve Brown met a Smith corner with a bullet header that flew past the ‘keeper and into the roof of the net.

After 35 minutes, Town edged in front when Smith reacted quickest to a loose ball to slot in the bottom corner with his left foot.

Just before the break, Town were once more denied by the woodwork. A cross from Nathan Rawdon was headed goalwards by Tony Edwards and as it looked like dropping in, the Nettleham ‘keeper tipped the ball onto the bar.

Town started the second half brightly but had to wait until the 70th minute before moving further in front.

Smith was played through by a great ball from Scott Lowman and he chipped the ball over the ‘keeper. He completed his hat-trick from the spot after Edwards had been bought down.

There was still time for Town to hit the bar for a third time when a rasping drive from Steve Lovett beat the ‘keeper - but not the frame of the goal.

Town will be pleased with their performance especially after going a goal behind.

Team: Jones, Rawdon, C.Johnson, Lowman, Shinn (Bent), Smith, Brown (Marshall), Lovett, Harness (O.Johnson), Edwards, Melia.