Skegness Town 2
Horncastle Town 0
Two first half goals were enough to see the hosts take all three points at Burgh Road on Saturday afternoon in the Lincolnshire League opener.
Horncastle were without Michael Stones and Nathan Rawdon.
It was a relatively even opening 30 minutes with both sides creating a handful of chances.
Carl Smith and Ben Fidling caused problems down the wing, whilst Michael Harness always posed a threat down the middle.
However, a classy free kick was a big moment in the game as Miles Chamberlain curled his effort into the bottom corner.
And when the home side doubled their lead five minutes later, with McCauley Parker tucking the ball home, Horncastle were given a big hill to climb.
Both sides cancelled each other out after the break, making for a second half of little incident.
Horncastle enjoyed plenty of possession in the second period but last season’s runners-up soaked up any pressure and saw the game out.
Horncastle: Burchnall, Shinn, C. Johnson, Brown, Lovett, Lowman, O. Johnson (Lamming), Jackson, Fidling (Boulaid), Smith, Harness. Sub not used: Marshall.
The Reserves’ next match is at home to Saxilby on Thursday, kick-off 7pm