Horncastle Town – Progress being made
Horncastle Town FC Comment …
By Lloyd Harmston
BARELY has the season started and Horncastle Town had a blank Saturday, with no fixture in the following midweek.
The blank in the fixture list gives the usual opportunity to look at progress thus far, although it really is too early in the campaign to draw any significant conclusions.
There have been two wins, two defeats and one draw, although one of the victories was in the League Challenge Cup. Nonetheless, senior team manager Paul Johnson did have a few observations.
He said: “It is a case of work in progress because we have not performed as well as we are capable.
“Team selection has been a problem but I will not keep using that as an excuse. It does look a stronger squad in depth, particularly in midfield, although we still lack an out-an-out goals-corer. Ten different players have scored so far, so it is being shared around.
“Our opening victory at home against Rustons was encouraging, but that was followed by defeat at Nettleham.
“We struggled against Sleaford in the Challenge Cup before going through, but then played well for a draw at Lincoln United Reserves in midweek. Then came that disappointing display at Rustons in the league return fixture as we capitulated all too easily.”
Johnson was very keen to praise the efforts of the younger members of the squad such as Keiron Hotchin, Callum Low, Jacob Wilson and Jim Watters, all having made a contribution at Lincs League level.
He was also pleased to have the squad strengthened by experience with the return of Andrew Shinn and the signing of Danny Bent and Ben Wadd.
He said: “They have added to the seasoned performers such as Chris Johnson, Ollie Johnson, Steve Brown, Michael Harness, Tommy Chalk, Lewis Burchnall, Carl Smith, Gareth Melia and Dave Marshall.
“Also, Daryl Dunn’s progress back from long-term injury and the return of Will Carter has all added to the strength in depth, while the importance of Matty Low and Alec Enderby was emphasised in the draw against Lincoln United Reserves.”
Town return to action tonight (Wednesday) with a home game against CGB Humbertherm.
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Thursday 20 June 2013
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