FOOTBALL: Brave Horncastle Town push Spalding to the limit

Town striker Tony Edwards (red stripes) battles with a Saplding United opponent

Town striker Tony Edwards (red stripes) battles with a Saplding United opponent

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Horncastle Town produced a battling performance against Spalding United in their latest pre-season friendly at The Wong last Saturday.

Spalding United may have left with a win, but it was far from easy for the Evo-Stik League side who scored in the last 10 minutes to edge a hard fought clash.

Although his side failed to score, Town boss Paul Johnson was delighted with the character his players showed against opponents from much higher up the English league structure.

The first half saw the visitors take control of the majority of possession - as would be expected.

However, they failed to break down a Town side who were well organised, leaving few openings for Spalding to exploit.

Town could argue they posed more of a threat on the counter attack with Tony Edwards running the channels and putting defenders under pressure.

Spalding’s best chance of the half came when Town were caught square at the back, but a last ditch challenge from Jamie Lamming took the ball away from the Tulips striker, just as he was about to get his shot away.

The second half was a similar story but Town were finding it harder to retain possession and as a result, found themselves dropping deeper.

To Town’s credit, they were standing strong with ‘keeper William Wood in particularly fine form.

However, the deadlock was broken with just 10 minutes left.

Town failed to close down a short corner, resulting in a cross to the back post where towering Spalding centre back Kern Miller to headed home.

It proved to be the only goal of the game with Town providing a much sterner test than the Evo-Stik side may have expected.

Considering Spalding play four divisions higher than Town, the home side could more than pleased with their efforts.

Town (v Spalding): Wood, Lovett, Low, Brown, Rawdon (Bodily), G.Melia, Johnson (Lamming) (J.Melia), Lowman, Jackson, Smith, Edwards.

There were plenty of positives for Johnson to think about as his side completed their warm-up campaign last night (Tuesday) with a home game against Boston League Premier Division opponents Benington.

Town kick off the new Sills and Betteridge campaign at Nettleham on Saturday.

n Town reserves will try again tomorrow (Thursday) night when they visit Skegness Town for a pre-season friendly.

The game was called off last Friday night because the Skegness pitch was under water.

n Horncastle Town’s reserve side will take on Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue team for the Heat and Support Trophy.

The game will take place on The Wong on Saturday August 30 with a 3pm kick off.