Horncastle Town U10s 6 Swifts 0
Wing wizard Charlie Wilkinson served up a magical man-of-the-match display to help Town U10s to an emphatic win against Swifts on Sunday.
Wilkinson and his teammates dominated long spells, but it took three goals in the last three minutes to clinch a deserved win.
After a recent break from action, Town started well and bossed the early stages in terms of possession, but struggled to make many clear cut chances.
After 19 minutes, Town’s efforts paid off when Lewis Janney broke through the middle and although his fierce shot was well-saved, the rebound fell to Wilkinson who made no mistake.
It was a richly deserved lead but again, Town struggled to cut Swifts’ determined defence open, despite winning several corners and getting in plenty of crosses.
Town, though, did make it 2-0 after 29 minutes. Fraser Pemberton won the ball in the middle and spread the play out to the excellent Wilkinson on the right. He beat his man and fired in a low cross. Pemberton’s shot was saved but the ball bounced to Janney who, with his back to goal, back heeled it through the ‘keeper’s legs.
Town made two changes at half time, bringing on George Billington and Jhoven Ramones for Lucas Walters and Jack Walsh.
The second half started the same as the first with Town dominating play and starting to create more clear cut chances, but Swifts’ ‘keeper was standing firm.
Owen Wilkinson came on for Sam Baldock and soon got himself on the score sheet with a good side foot finish into the bottom corner.
Swifts now started to tire and Town applied more and more pressure which led to three goals in the last three minutes.
First, Baldock, back on for Louis Boddy, overlapped down the right and his cross come shot flew in at the near post.
Almost immediately, Lucas Walters, back on for Janney, broke through the centre and rifled the ball into the top corner of the net.
Finally, Baldock completed the scoring when he tapped in after the ‘keeper made another good save but couldn’t hold onto the ball.
The final score did not flatter Town but they had to work hard for the points as Swifts proved resilient opponents.
Next week, Town are at home to Old Leake.