FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town boss faces tough selection choices

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Horncastle Town boss Paul Johnson faces some tricky selection decisions ahead of the Supplementary Cup against Gainsborough Town at Ashby Avenue, Lincoln, on Saturday.

Town will go into the tie as underdogs but Johnson believes his side can spring a surprise - provided they repeat the form they showed in their final league game at Boston United Reserves recently.

Town won that game 2-1 with midfielder Scott Lowman capping a terrific performance with both goals.

It was a much needed victory for Town after what has proved to be an inconsistent season in the Premier Division of the Sills and Betteridge League.

While Town have struggled below mid-table for most of the campaign, Gainsborough have pushed for a top four place and were in the running for the title at one stage.

Johnson said: “They are a good, strong side who can be very physical. However, we’re not short on confidence and the lads are really looking forward to the final.”

The Town manager has a number of players pushing for places - not least striker Michael Harness.

He scored a hat-trick for the Reserves last Saturday in their cup final success after missing the Boston victory.

Johnson, who has been frustrated by a lack of goals all season, employed Tony Edwards as a lone striker in that Boston game with the likes of Lowman making attacking runs from midfield.

He might well be tempted to stick with that formation in what promises to be a hard-fought battle against Gainsborough.

Danny Bent, another striking option, has been 
struggling with a knee injury in recent weeks but Olly Johnson should be available, despite his recent injury problems.

Nathan Rawdon, Andrew Shinn, skipper Chris Johnsdon and Dave Marshall will be hoping for places in defence while Callum Low is another option.

Town would relish the chance to bring some silverware back to The Wong ahead of their presentation evening which is next Saturday evening.

Any trophy would, of course, be on display in a new-look clubhouse, which is on course to be completed on time for the start of next season.