Horncastle Town 0-5 Reserves
Lincolnshire League Cup
Report by Colin Woodcock
The Reserves progressed into the quarter finals of the Lincolnshire League Cup on Saturday following an excellent 5-0 win over Horncastle Town. Anthony ELDING got United off to a flying start after three minutes when he side-footed home Gary Walters pass from close range after the latter had mesmerised the Horncastle defence in beating four players before setting up the simple finish. Soon afterwards the impressive Leigh TAYLOR latched onto a through ball, outpacing the defence and rounding the keeper for United's second. As the half drew to an end, United continued to dominate the game with TAYLOR adding a second to give them a 3-0 advantage at the break. After the restart, Horncastle resorted to strong arm tactics in an attempt to halt United but Anthony ELDING effectively finished the game as a contest with his second goal.
Then Taylor was needlessly kicked in the penalty area by the home keeper, who was subsequently dismissed and a penalty awarded. Ryan COLLINGWOOD stepped up to convert it and make the final score 5-0. Horncastle found themselves down to nine men with twenty five minutes to go when former United player Matthew Tavinder was dismissed for a second bookable offence. United now play Epworth Town in the next round at York Street. Saturday's blend of youth coupled with the experience of Steve Appleby, Paul Casey and Neil Timby proved ideal but it will be put severely to the test in next week's top of the table clash at Limestone, where victory would put them firmly in the driving seat for the title.
United team: 1. Nick Maddison, 2. Neil Timby, 3. Glen Kill, 4. Ryan Collingwood, 5. Paul Casey, 6. Ricky Southwell, 7. Andy Markham, 8. Steve Appleby, 9. Anthony Elding, 10. Leigh Taylor, 11. Gary Walters, 12. Chris Frost, 14. Alan Ross, 15. Danny Harrison.