FOOTBALL: Marathon man Lovett misses Town’s top of the table clash

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Horncastle Town will have to tackle top-of-the-table Hykeham Town without key utility man Steve Lovett tomorrow (Saturday) at The Wong (ko: 3pm).

Normally, Lovett would be one of the first names on Town boss Paul Johnson’s teamsheet.

However, he might well have his mind on other things tomorrow as he “tackles” the London Marathon just 24 hours later.

Lovett is running the marathon to raise money for two charities - the Alzheimer’s Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Ninety minutes in a Town shirt is probably not the best preparation for a stamina-sapping 26 mile race.

Town will check on the availability of several other players as they look to build on last week’s superb win at Sleaford Town in the semi final of the Supplementary Cup.

Midfielder Steve Brown, who hobbled out of the 2-0 victory, is the biggest doubt, alongside striker Danny Bent who is struggling with a knee injury.

On a brighter note, Michael Harness should return to the squad after missing the Sleaford clash while Tony Edwards looks certain to spearhead the attack.

Town are tenth in the Sills and Betteridge League table but have games in hand on the sides immediately above them.

Leaders Hykeham have a five point lead in the race for the title but have played two games more than second placed Skegness Town.

Meanwhile, Town’s reserves are also in action tomorrow when they entertain The Blues Club in in a WJ Harrison League clash (3pm).

The game will be played on Horncastle Playing Fields and manager Jamie Lamming will be hoping first team calls don’t rule out too many of his squad.

Town are in the bottom three but a win would move them further clear of Monos and Saxilby Athletic.

*Anyone wanting to sponsor Steve Lovett should visit www.justgiving.com/Stevelovett.