In-form Town march on as strugglers sunk

Tom Siddons has four goals in his last two league games EMN-170227-124802002
Tom Siddons has four goals in his last two league games EMN-170227-124802002

Sleaford Town made it three wins from four in the United Counties League on Saturday as rock-bottom Huntingdon were dispatched at Eslaforde Park.

Town had to batten down the hatches in the first half as they kicked into a strong gusty wind, but created pressure in the opening 10 minutes with some dangerous crosses into the box.

Town celebrate Ryan Oliver's goal EMN-170227-124813002

Town celebrate Ryan Oliver's goal EMN-170227-124813002

But the visitors, who arrived with just two wins to their name this season, began to pin Sleaford into their own half and create chances of their own.

They hit the side-netting with one effort while another flashed across the face of goal, but Town sensibly slowed play down and saw out the half on level terms.

With the wind behind them, it was now Town’s turn to pin Huntingdon back, and they soon forced a few crucial mistakes.

A goal and assist apiece from Ryan Oliver and Tom Siddons helped the home side into a 2-0 lead by the hour mark.

Town goalscorer Ryan Oliver attempts an audacious overhead kick EMN-170227-124827002

Town goalscorer Ryan Oliver attempts an audacious overhead kick EMN-170227-124827002

Huntingdon continued to battle, but as the game opened up, Town piled forwards, and another mistake opened up the visitors’ defence for Harry Millard to score his seventh league goal of the season and cap a 3-0 win.

Town remain 17th, but they extended the margin between themselves and the bottom three to 10 points, and are now just six points behind 12th-placed Northampton ON Chenecks.

On Saturday they host Kirby Muxloe who sit just a place and a point below Town following their 6-1 win over second-bottom Harrowby United at the weekend.

The Green Army will be looking to avenge January’s 3-1 defeat in Leicestershire. Kick-off at Eslaforde Park is 3pm.