FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town prepared for a Skegness showdown

Richard Jackson rides the tackles for Horncastle Town EMN-150126-135319001
Richard Jackson rides the tackles for Horncastle Town EMN-150126-135319001

Horncastle Town are gearing up for one of the biggest matches in their recent history - a title showdown against Skegness Town.

The two sides will clash at The Wong on Saturday (ko: 3pm) in a game which could go a long way to deciding the destination of the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League title.

Town were left frustrated last Saturday when their scheduled clash at struggling CGB Humbertherm was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Leaders Skegness crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Wyberton who are still in the title mix themselves.

Defending champions Skegness still head the table with 29 points from 12 games. Wyberton are now second with 28 points from 15 games with Town in third place on 26 points from 11.

Town assistant boss Dale Johnson said: “It’s a massive game for us - one of our most important for a long time.

“Quite simply, it’s must win if we are going to take the title.

“Skegness always bring a big following and hopefully people in Horncastle will turn out and really get behind the lads.”

Town expect to be at full strength with Steve Brown and Nathan Rawdon recovering from knocks, which could have sidelined them against Humbertherm.

Inspirational midfielder Richard Jackson was unavailable last Saturday but will be in the squad to face Skegness.

Johnson added: “We’re pretty sure we’ll be at full strength which is great.

“We’ve got a strong squad. That’s made all the difference this season and there will be some disappointed players around when the side is announced”

Town are giving nothing away selection-wide but are likely to look to leading scorer Michael Harness and the experienced Micky Stones for goals.

Johnson added: “Skegness are definitely beatable. They’ve already done us twice this season but they were close games. We know we will have to be at our very best.”