They say 13 is supposed to be unlucky for some - but not if you are a member of Horncastle Town Football club’s U10s squad.
They have just won their first league game of the season - at the 13th time of asking.
Not surprisingly, manager Bruce Baxter and his players celebrated their long-awaited 4-2 victory against Birchwood Colts as thought they’d just lifted the FA Cup at Wembley.
“It was brilliant,” said Mr Baxter. “The boys have worked so, so hard for this.
“We’ve had a few drubbings but we never lost heart. We never threw in the towel.
“Winning is a great feeling and there were a few tears in the dressing room after the game - and not all of them from the players .
“It was very emotional. It meant so much.”
Town only formed their U10s at the start of the season and there were a few raised eyebrows when they were handed a place in the Division B of the Mid Lincs Co-operative Youth League, instead of Division C.
Ironically, Town won one of their first league games against Clayton.
Sadly, the result was deleted from the league records after their opponents pulled out of the competition because of a shortage of players.
So, Town had to wait until December 29 to break their duck.
They did come close in other fixtures but luck never seemed to be on their side.
Mr Baxter explained: “We were drawing 1-1 with Birchwood with five minutes to go and I decided to go for it.
“I threw on a few attacking subs’ - and we lost 4-1.
“There were a few tears in the dressing room that day as well.”
Mr Baxter is full of praise for his players and their families - and his assistants Simon Fawcett and Rich Burgess.
He added: “The boys are so dedicated.
“One of the boys struggled to get to games at the start of the season because his family were regular church goers.
“Now, they all come to watch.