FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town heading for a bright future says chairman

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Horncastle Town chairman Colin Low believes the club is on course for a successful future after what he described as a “momentous 2014.”

In his end of year message, Mr Low highlighted the importance of Town’s new £400,000 clubhouse development which was opened during the summer.

He described the facility as “superb” and praised the efforts of everyone who had contributed to the project.

He thanked sponsors for their increasing support in 2014 and said the club’s senior and junior sides were going from strength to strength.

Regarding the clubhouse, Mr Low said: “Many of you will have seen what a superb building it is.

“As well as being a better facility for players to use, addressing the environment for spectators, junior players, parents and supporters to come into was another key factor.

“I hope the clubhouse is doing that by providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere open to everyone.”

Mr Low went on to thanks various bodies involved in the project including the Lancashire FA, Sport England, WREN, the Football Foundation and East Lindsey District Council.

He admitted the project was “not without its headaches” but said the opening weekend highlighted everything that was good about the club - and the town in general.

He described the fundraising Buy a Brick campaign as a “fantastic success” and a “humbling example” of the support the club receives.

Mr Low thanked the club’s committee for their efforts and praised stalwarts Pete Nagle and Liam Smith.

He highlighted the importance of a new deal with kit suppliers Jako and added: “It is quite something to see our teams line up in the same kit, from U9s right through to our senior teams.”

Mr Low also praised main kit sponsor Polypipe whose name will be featured on shirts by next season (2016-17).

On playing matters, he admitted the recent expulsion from the Lincolnshire Junior Cup for fielding an ineligible player was a blow.

But Mr Low quickly turned to more positive matters at first team and reserve team level.

He added: “Our league positions show what a superb job Paul Johnson (first team manager) and Andrew Fenn (reserve team manager) are doing.

“It is often said that a strong reserves breeds a strong first team and this seems to be bearing fruit.”

He went on to congratulate the players and management of the club’s newly formed Sunday Development squad and believes a largely young side under boss Mark Simmons will produce first teamers.

He added: “Our junior teams continue to operate in the Mid Lincs League and there are a good number of promising players in each age group, again giving the future a bright outlook.”