FOOTBALL: Great Scott looks to boost Horncastle Town hopes

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Horncastle Town expect to welcome back key defenders Scott Lowman and Andrew Shinn for the Sills and Betteridge Premier Division clash at Heckington United on Saturday (ko: 2pm).

The duo were both missing from Town’s disappointing 3-1 defeat at Sleaford Town last Saturday.

Lowman has arguably been Town’s most consistent performer in the first half of the campaign and his return would boost boss Paul Johnson’s plans for a desperately needed victory.

Three points at fellow strugglers Heckington could see Town move out of the bottom four of the table, depending on other results.

Johnson will also check on the availability of several squad members, including strikers Danny Bent and Gareth Melia.

Town have been creating chances in recent games without punishing sides so Johnson will be hoping the likes of Michael Harness and Tony Edwards can discover their best goal scoring form.

Town’s reserves are also on their travels this Saturday when they visit Middle Rasen for a cup game (ko: 1pm)

The reserves are already in the semi finals of one cup competition and will fancy their chances of success at Middle Rasen.

Player-manager Jamie Lamming could welcome back midfielder Tommy Chalk although he might be required for first team duty.

Meanwhile, several of Town’s junior sides return to action this Sunday after the traditional Christmas break.

The U13s are at home to North Lindum Hawks but the U12s, U15s and U16s all face away fixtures.

The U12s are at Swineshead, the U15s at Pointon and the U16s at North Hykeham Tigers Bees.