North Somercotes 3 Horncastle Town 2
Horncastle Town surrendered their unbeaten pre-season record after a last-gasp goal sent them crashing to defeat at North Somercotes on Saturday.
After falling behind to a penalty in the first half, Town stormed back after the break and two goals from summer signing Richard Jackson eased them into the lead.
But North Somercotes finished strongly and after drawing level, they scored what proved to be the winner in the last five minutes.
Town made a lively start and after 10 minutes, Tony Edwards was played through on goal but his strike hit the side netting at the near post.
However, a period of sloppy play crept into Town’s game and they began to give the ball away in dangerous areas.
North Somercotes cashed in and took the lead as a ball was played through the Town defence and ‘keeper Lewis Burchnall brought down a home player inside the area. The referee pointed to the spot and the penalty was hammered in.
Town made three changes going into the second half with William Wood, James Melia and Luke Blondel being introduced.
The equaliser came soon when some good interplay from the Melia brothers saw Gareth’s shot parried out for Jackson to calmly side foot home for his first goal since returning to the club.
With 15 minutes remaining, Town took the lead. Jamie Lamming’s ball out from right back was worked on by James Melia and Jackson still had a lot to do, but he finished in style with a deft lob over the ‘keeper’s head.
Town should have seen the game out, but again, sloppy play saw the hosts reply soon after to level the match.
In the last five minutes, torrential rain caused problems for both sides but North Somercotes finished strongly and clinched victory.
Town: Burchnall (Wood), Lovett, Low, J.Blondel, Rawdon, G.Melia, Lamming (J.Melia), Johnson, Jackson, Smith (L.Blondel), Edwards.
n Town enjoyed much better fortunes with a 5-1 win against AFC Louth last Tuesday night at The Wong.
Town impressed for long periods but had to wait until the second half to open the scoring when Scott Wilson was on target.
That goal opened the floodgates and Edwards (2) and Luke Blondell were on target before Scott Lowman wrapped it up with a fifth goalo late on.
*Town were in action on Monday night against Cottesmore Army and face a tough test next Saturday in another friendly when they entertain Evo Stik Northern Premier League Division One side Spalding at The Wong (3pm).