FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town dust off the cobwebs with Billinghay draw

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Horncastle Town opened their pre-season with a draw at Billinghay Athletic.

In a performance typical of a pre-season fixture both sides found the heat and humidity a challenge, restricting them both from playing with any tempo.

Town were without a number of first team regulars, bringing in a number of reserve players who will be pushing for places in the side this season.

The first half saw Town control possession, however link-up play between the midfield and forward seemed disjointed.

Tom Sewell had the best chance of the half but his close range effort appeared to have been saved by the hands of an outfield player who closed him down. A penalty wasn’t forthcoming despite the away side’s protests.

Tired legs played a major part in the second half but Town took the lead on 55 minutes when Nathan Rawdon caught the Billinghay ‘keeper out, scoring direct from a corner.

Billinghay equalised with 15 minutes to go after a nice move down the left hand side.

The ball was squared to an unmarked midfielder on the edge of the six-yard box who guided the ball past Woods and into the net.

The game finished 1-1 and was a good indicator for Town boss Paul Johnson as his squad gets ready for the start of the season in five weeks time.