FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town put on Sunday best to return to winning ways

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Horncastle Town Development XI 4 Broadley 1

Horncastle Town’s Development Squad bounced back to winning ways with an impressive victory against Lincoln and District Sunday League Division Five rivals Broadley at The Wong.

Town enjoyed all the possession early on and took the lead when a great ball fired into the box by Callum Hotchin led to a terrific strike from Andrew Bullivant.

The rest of the first half was very even with chances for both teams.

With just seconds of the first half remaining, Town doubled their advantage. They won a corner, centre half Dave Maplethorpe came up from the back, rounded two defenders found the back of the net with a side-foot finish.

The second half began with sustained pressure from Broadley. They had the lion’s share of possession and created a couple of chances.

However, it was Town who went further ahead against the run of play when Luke Blondell’s persistence saw him get the better of the Broadley keeper.

Even though Broadley were 3-0 down, they still played good, attacking football and from a corner, they opened their account with a header.

Town steadied with Will Burton and Callum Low holding the ball well while full backs Joe Wilkinson and Eddie Wright kept Braodley out with some strong defensive challenges.

Harry Simmons and Maplethorpe kept things tight at the back to help Town push on again.

Good midfield play from Callum Low and Bullivant led to a series of balls in behind the opposition defence.

Finally, George Swift latched onto to one of those balls and slotted home to make it 4-1.

Town were certain of the points and the match continued at a cracking pace with both teams looking for goals.

Town keeper Liam Smith pulled off some fine saves to take the man of the match award and preserve his side’s three goal lead.

Town manager Mark Simmons said: “We went into the game knowing that nothing but a win would do,

”Broadley are a good side but we needed a victory. Runners up spot or even winning the league is still our aim and we are full of confidence going up against leaders Seahawks next Sunday”

Town: Smith, Wilkinson, Simmons, Maplethorpe, Wright, Low, Bullivant, Burton, Hotchin, Swift, Blondell, Subs, Lydiatt, Watson.