|Date||22 October 2016|
|Team||Mens 1st XI|
|Venue||Glen Park Astro|
|Result||W 4 - 2|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Robert Scott (1), Former member (1), Former member (1), David Seymour (1)|
An unbeaten Horncastle got off to a shaky start in this encounter, with strong pressure from Spalding resulting in the visitors conceding within the first 10 minutes. Some sloppy play and poor finishing left Horncastle on the back foot until Robert Scott provided their first goal with a neat reverse stick shot lifted over the falling keeper. This scoreline was shortlived as a strong Spalding side responded quickly to regain their lead, which they held until half time.
Returning to the pitch, Horncastle looked more dangerous and found themselves with a good chance in front of goal, providing Taylor Gray with an unmissable chance to equalise. A slippery pitch surface was dealt with poorly by certain members of the Horncastle attack, leading to some flamboyant falls and missed chances, however Horncastle’s defence, consisting of Castleden, Fixter, A. Cartwright, J. Cartwright in front of goalkeeper and man of the match Murrell, were able to absorb the Spalding pressure.
With the score at 2-2, Horncastle became more comfortable, with play more resembling what has come to be expected of them this season. A drag flick from a short corner deflected off the keeper onto Sam Bradley’s hand/stick and fell kindly for Cam Foster to put Horncastle in the lead for the first time. A smart finish from Dave Seymour wrapped up the win, keeping Horncastle safely at the top of the league table.
Horncastle came away relieved but confident after their toughest encounter so far this season, and now look to start their cup run as well as maintain their fantastic league position.