YOUTH FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town U12 triumph over Tigers

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Hykeham Tigers Bees U12 2

Horncastle Town U12 4

Two contenders for goal of the season from Kyle Tempest helped Horncastle to their second league win of the season, and the home and away double against their opponents.

Town travelled to Hykeham in good spirits after an excellent showing last week against the league leaders and they carried the momentum of seven days ago by starting the match on the front foot, taking the game to the home side. The Wongers had a number of chances in the early exchanges with Louis Jones hitting the post after good interplay.

Hykeham took the lead against the run of play after an uncharacteristic error from Peter Smith who has had an excellent season to date. The match reached half time with a one nil score line but it did feel like the kind of match where Town’s first goal might open the floodgates.

It was the home side, however, who struck the next blow by doubling their lead early into the second half. The Wongers’ heads could easily have dropped at this point but the goal seemed to shift Town up another gear, with wave after wave of attack. It wasn’t long before the deserved goal came when James McKeag shot hard and low from the corner of the area to halve Hykeham’s lead.

Step forward Tempest. He broke the offside trap with his pace and lobbed the home goalkeeper from outside the area. The goal came after seconds of the manager moving him into the striker’s roll from his defensive postion.

The match entered the last five minutes all square with Horncastle having to make the decision whether to stick or twist. Their positive outlook all day meant that conundrum was never truly in doubt and they took the lead, much to the delight of the visiting fans, after Jones showed great desire to beat his man and toe-poke the ball into the corner of the goal.

At this stage one sensed the home team knew they were beaten – particularly when they were forced down to eight men after a crunching, fair tackle by Chloe Pickering. Horncastle took full advantage and Tempest scored what must be the goal of the season with another lob from outside the area – this time hitting the corner of the crossbar and post before dropping down in the net, leaving the keeper absolutely no chance.

Tempest was quite rightly given the man of the match award but mention should also be made of Ellis Roberts and Jones who are starting to strike a real partnership in the midfield engine room. Aaron Smith had another solid game at the back and credit should also be given to Peter Smith who bounced back after his early mistake to make a number of excellent saves – the sign of a good goalkeeper.

Credit also needs to go to the management staff who are really starting to forge a competitive team in this age group.