Saxilby Athletic 2 Horncastle Town Reserves 1
A last-gasp goal sent Town’s injury hit reserves crashing to defeat at Lincoln League rivals Saxilby on Saturday.
Manager Andrew Fenn was forced to field a much changed side with David Maplethorpe replacing his brother Scott at centre half and Carl Smith and Danny Bent coming into the starting 11 after recovering from injuries.
Town dominated possession early on - and this was to be the story of the match. Saxilby were content to sit back and get men behind the ball in an attempt to frustrate their opponents. Saxilby were also playing a physical game and after 15 minutes, a crunching tackle left Bent with an ankle injury.
While down to 10 men, Town almost took the lead but a David Maplethorpe deflection hit the upright.
Daniel Bodily replaced Bent straight after and Town still had lots of the play but could not break down a stubborn Saxilby defence.
Josh Cheetham had a very good chance on the half hour when a long ball played him through, but his shot went inches wide with only the ‘keeper to beat.
With the half coming to a close, Saxilby could have taken the lead with their first attempt on goal, but a superb save from Jason Stamford at his near post kept them out.
The second half continued in similar style with Town dominating the play and Jamie Lamming powered into the box but crashed a shot against the post.
Town finally broke the deadlock just after 60 minutes when Daniel Garness set up Ryan Beaumont, whose shot was fumbled by the ‘keeper into the back of the net.
Town should have settled down, but complacency crept into their game and Saxilby started to press.
To their credit, Town tried to counter and Smith flashed an effort just wide of the right hand post and saw another shot comfortably saved.
Town switched formation as they went for the win with Callum Low moving into midfield and Smith moving forward.
The bold policy backfired This back fired as Saxilby latched onto possession and a quick-fire attack saw their striker find the corner of the net.
With only minutes remaining, it proved to be the killer blow and Town left knowing their efforts deserved at least a point.
n The reserves next game is at home to current league leaders Birchwood United on Saturday February 20.
Team: Stamford, Garnett, Maplethorpe, Low, Marshall, Cheetham, Smith, Lamming, Beaumont, Bent , (Bodily), Melia, Blondel.