FOOTBALL: Double disaster ko’s Horncastle Town’s title dreams

The joy and despair: Horncastle Town's players celebrate a goal against Skegness Town
The joy and despair: Horncastle Town's players celebrate a goal against Skegness Town

Heartbroken Horncastle Town saw their dreams of title glory dashed in a nightmare finish against Skegness Town at The Wong on Saturday.

Town looked to be heading for all three points when they led the Lincolnshire League’s defending champions 3-2 after 90 minutes.

Incredibly, Skegness grabbed two goals in injury time to clinch a dramatic victory.

Instead of toasting a victory that would have left them firmly in the title race, Town were left to reflect on a cruel defeat.

Club spokesman Dale Johnson said: “I’ve never seen an end to a match like it.

“Our dressing room was completely numb after the game. No-one said anything for fully 30 minutes. They couldn’t believe what had happened. It was unbelievable.

“To have come some close (to the title) and then see it disappear like that... I don’t know what else I can say.”

Town are in third place in the table with 42 points from 19 games.

Skegness lead the way with 48 points from 20 games, but it’s Hykeham who look the likely winners as they have 47 points from 18 games. They entertain Town on Wednesday.

Saturday started so well for ‘The Wongers’ when leading scorer Michael Harness celebrated his 150th game for the club by firing them in front.

By half time, Town had made it 2-0 with midfeidler Richard Jackson rifling home from 12-yards.

Skegness clawed a goal back on the re-start but then gifted Town a third when their centre half headed into his own net.

With 10 minutes to go, Town looked odds on for the spoils.

However, a poorly taken corner saw Skegness break the length of the field and score to give themselves a lifeline.

Then, those two injury time strikes in the 95th and 97th minute really stuck the boot in - and left Town to reflect on what might have been.