FOOTBALL: Horncastle Development side suffer another narrow loss

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Horncastle Town

Development XI 2

Claytons Athletic 3

Town’s Development team suffered a cruel defeat for the second week running when they were beaten by rivals Clayton in Division Five of the Lincoln and District Sunday League at The Wong.

As expected, it proved to be a very close, physical contest, but Town lost out to a late winner from the visitors.

Town started well with good possession, but it was Claytons who took the lead. Home ‘keeper Liam Smith pulled off a good save but a Claytons striker pounced on the rebound.

However, Town hit back strongly and some good persistent pressure led to a great strike from Andrew Bullivant to make it 1-1.

Town started the second half well, seeing lots of the ball but could not turn their hard work into goals.

After a yellow card for Harry Simmons, manager Mark Simmons made a substitution, bringing on Thomas Watson.

Town continued to attack but couldn’t take their chances and as so often happens, Claytons had an opening at the other end and scored to make it 2-1

Once again Town had to dig deep and their efforts finally paid off with a well taken equaliser from Callum Hotchin.

Henry Lydiatt came on for Nathan Wright on the left of midfield and made an immediate impact, working hard for the team.

Town carved out several chances to win the game but came up short and it was Claytons - against the run of play - who scored a late winner.

It was a disappointing result for Town who had two sets of brothers in their line-up - Matt and Callum Low and Eddie and Nathan Wright.

Matt Low did well up front and was well supported by midfielders Will Burton and Bullivant.

Manager Simmons said: “We deserved at least a point. Even Claytons manager said after the game that we were the best team they had played so far this season.”

Town: Smith, Hotchin, Eddie Wright, Simmons, Shelbourne, Callum Low, Bullivant, Burton, Nathan Wright, Blondell, Matty Low. Subs, Wilkinson, Watson, Lydiatt