Howncastle Town‘s inspirational midfielder Richard Jackson stunned his former club Sleaford Town at The Wong last Saturday.
Jackson capped a stunning solo performance with a well-taken goal as Town bounced back to winning ways in their Sills and Betteridge League campaign.
Jackson only rejoined Town this summer after captaining Sleaford last term.
He wasn’t the only success story as boss Paul Johnson’s side deservedly took the points to crown their first appearance at the club’s new-look ground in style.
Jackson formed part of an impressive midfield alongside Olly Johnson, Carl Smith and the never-say die Scott Lowman.
Arguably, Town should have been ahead long before Jackson slotted them into the lead in the 65th minute with an ice-cool finish.
His outstanding work rate - and range of passing - would have graced a much higher standard of football.
Town, though, could not turn pressure into goals with Tony Edwards spurning a chance inside three minutes when he lobbed over the bar with only the ‘keeper to beat.
With Michael Harness absent, Edwards had to shoulder most of the attacking responsibility and certainly worked hard.
Town also suffered a blow when Gareth Melia limped off with a hamstring problem just before half time.
However, his replacement Danny Bent led the line well and could feel pleased with his efforts after a lengthy injury lay-off.
Indeed, it was Edwards and Bent who combined to set up Jackson for his goal.
Soon after, Town wrapped up the points when Olly Johnson curled in a great free kick from the left flank and Lowman timed his run to perfection to power a header into the back of the net.
Sleaford did threaten but found Town’s defence in determined mood with ‘keeper Lewis Burchnall a confident and imposing figure behind centre halves Steve Brown and Chris Johnson, while right back Steve Lovett also shone.