Saxilby 3-3 Horncastle Town Development Squad
Horncastle’s young Development Squad came from two goals down to draw on the road at Saxilby at the weekend.
Town were under pressure from the kick off and after 10 minutes Saxilby won a corner from which a header put them a goal to the good.
Horncastle did manage to counter attack and there were good chances for strikers George Swift and Luke Blondell, but both missed.
Saxilby made it two nil with another good header from a ball whipped in from the right channel.
Horncastle steadied and tried to work themselves back into the game, some good passing movement led to a few chances before the half time whistle went.
Manager Mark Simmons had severe words with the young side and insisted on a much better second half performance, insisting they were still in the game if they started to play the passing game they have been so good at in recent games.
The second half began a lot better for town, constant pressure and closing down led to all the football being played in the opponents half.
Some fine passing between Henry Lyddiatt and Nadir Boulard left a simple tap in for George Swift and a fine strike from Will Burton some 25-yards out into the top corner made it 2-2.
The third goal came from another decent town move. Captain Callum Low put a fine ball into George Swift, pushed him right of the defender, who he rounded and then lobbed the ‘keeper from 25-yards, to make it 3-2.
Saxilby then applied pressure on the defence but Joe Wilkinson and Callum Hotchin worked hard against the wingers. A great delivery over the top of the town defence led to a Saxilby third.
Both teams had chances to win the game and a great chance came to George Swift with a couple of minutes to go, but he was unable to lob the ‘keeper.
Town manager Mark Simmons said: “Summing up my team reacted to the half time team talk well, every player was better, more focused and much more committed.
“Coming from two nil down at half time to getting a point at the end was a great turn around, we could have nearly nicked near the end to get all three points.”
Horncastle Town: Liam Smith ( GK) Joe Wilkinson, Callum Hotchin, Harry Simmons, Eddie Wright, Callum Low (C) Henry Lyddiatt, Will Burton, Nadir Boulard, George Swift, Luke Blondell, subs, Tom Gardner & Billy Anderson.