FOOTBALL: League leaders remain unbeaten despite Horncastle Reserves running them close


RM Imp 2-1 Horncastle Town Reserves

Horncastle Town reserves travelled to RM Imp trying to do what no team had done all season and take points off the league leaders.

Andrew Fenn made two changes from last week’s win with Callum Low replacing David Maplethorpe and Gareth Melia replacing the unavailable Andrew Bullivant.

Town started with a 4-5-1 formation and just two minutes after kick off found themselves a goal to the good. There was some excellent interplay in midfield which saw the ball being played to James Melia, who threaded the ball to Luke Blondel to slot the ball underneath the home goalkeeper. The linesman had deemed Blondel to be offside but the referee overruled him to allow the goal to stand.

On the whole, the game was being played in the centre of the park with the final ball eluding both teams. RM Imp were growing into the game and did have a couple of half chances, but Jason Stamford dealt with them comfortably.

RM Imp then equalised on the half hour mark. Some lovely one touch football got their winger behind the Town defence and his cross was easily tapped in by Lee Beesley at the far post.

Town changed formation to 4-4-2 at half time as the midfield area was over crowded. This created space for both teams to exploit with RM Imp probably shading the opening periods with their pace on the wings.

On the 60 minute mark RM Imp took the lead with a quick move down their right. The ball was crossed in for leading scorer Joe Ayres to coolly head home to make it 2-1.

This sparked Town to regain a foothold in the game for the next 15 minutes. Jamie Lamming was putting himself about with some crunching tackles and Sam Johnson was working hard with some nice dribbling down the right.

Daniel Bodily replaced Sam Johnson and David Maplethorpe replaced Darren Trapmore to bring some fresh legs on but Town just couldn’t break down a resilient Imp defence.

Imp were looking threatening on the counter as Town committed men forward themselves and came close to putting the game to bed, but several last ditch challenges from the Town defenders saw the game remain and disappointingly soon after ended 2-1 to the home side.

On Saturday the reserves play host to Monos FC. 2pm kick off on The Wong.