FOOTBALL: Shinn shatters CGB with first of season for Horncastle Town

On the ball: Andrew Shinn who scored for Horncastle Town last Saturday
On the ball: Andrew Shinn who scored for Horncastle Town last Saturday

Defender Andrew Shinn grabbed a rare goal to help Horncastle Town battle into the semi finals of the Supplementary Cup.

The full back struck late on to seal Town’s 2-0 extra time win against CGB Humbertherm in a hard-fought quarter final tie last Saturday.

The impressive Tony Edwards gave Town the lead just seconds into extra time and then Shinn rounded the win off with his first goal of the campaign.

It was Town’s 10th win in a row in all competitions and kept them on course for a possible league and cup double.

Their reward for Saturday’s victory is a home semi-final against Ruston Sports on March 28 at The Wong.

Town, though, would be the first to admit they will have to improve on last Saturday performance - if they are to unlock the trophy cabinet.

Club spokesman Dale Johnson said: “It was a really scrappy game and all credit to Humbertherm because they made life very difficult for us.

“The conditions weren’t easy but we always looked the better side.

“We had chances in normal time to win it. Just one goal would have done but it wouldn’t come.

“Then, we went and scored just seconds into extra time.

“It was good that ‘Shinny’ scored.

“He doesn’t get that many so we’ll probably be hearing about it for the rest of the season.”

The game was switched from Humbertherm’s unfit ground at Fulstow to Bradley Road in Grimsby.

Town travelled without leading scorer Michael Harness, who was unavailable, and utility man Scott Lowman, who had a back problem,.

Mickey Stones led the attack in a 4-5-1 formation, but he had left his best shooting boots at home.

Edwards broke the deadlock after good work from Gareth Melia but it took a goal line clearance from man-of-the-match Steve Brown to preserve Town’s advantage before Shinn stole in.