FOOTBALL: Edwards holds key to Horncastle Town’s chances

On the run: Tony Edwards in action for Horncastle Town
On the run: Tony Edwards in action for Horncastle Town

Horncastle Town will be hoping representative stars Tony Edwards and Michael Harness can fire them to victory at Skegness Town on Saturday.

The duo were outstanding last Saturday to help the Lincolnshire League into the last eight of the FA Inter League Cup.

Edwards scored the first goal in a 2-1 win at the Birmingham Amateur League while Harness was a contender for the man-of-the-match award after an impressive display at right back.

Now, Town boss Paul Johnson will be banking on the pair repeating that match winning magic at Skegness as his side chase a desperately needed win.

Town have slipped down the table in recent weeks and have taken just one point from their last five games.

They currently occupy 12th place in the table and are just two points ahead of rock-bottom Grimsby Borough Reserves.

Because of the representative game, Town didn’t have a match last Saturday, ensuring Johnson should have a strong squad available for the trip to the seaside.

He will check on the fitness of several players - notably Harness and Edwards who came off in the closing stages of that inter-league clash.

A lack of goals has been a major problem for Town this term.

Edwards is the club’s leading scorer with five, but central midfielder Steve Brown is next on the list with four.

Club spokesman Jamie Lamming said: “The lads have been playing pretty well and haven’t got the results their performances deserve,

“Scoring goals has been an issue but hopefully all that will change - starting on Saturday.”

Town lost 2-1 at home to Skegness earlier in the campaign - a result that ended an impressive start to the season.

They had won their first two league games, but have managed just one victory since - at home to Nettleham on September 14.

Town will be without Matty Low who is in Australia, although the club is hoping he will return.