FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town sets sights on a title challenge

Horncastle Town players celebrate a goal
Horncastle Town players celebrate a goal

Horncastle Town’s first team players will take a deserved break from action this weekend before they look to step up their challenge for the Sills and Betteridge League title in the second half of the campaign.

Town rounded off their 2014 fixtures with an impressive victory against top-of-the-table Skegness United.

Michael Harness bagged his 14th goal of the campaign while Richard Jackson converted a penalty to earn ‘The Wongers’ three richly deserved points.

That moved Town into second place, three points behind defending champions and title favourites Skegness Town.

Town acknowledge Skegness are still the side to beat in the race for the championship but believe they have the squad to maintain a challenge.

Spokesman Dale Johnson said: “We’ve certainly a stronger squad than last season. We had a decent starting 11 then but with all due respect to the lads, we struggled when we had anyone missing.

“Now, you only have to look at our bench every week to see the strength we’ve got. That’s going to be important.”

Town don’t have a game for a couple of weeks and will be keeping an eye on Skegness and the sides just below them in the table - Wyberton and Hykeham Town.

Johnson admitted three or four sides will probably figure in the mix for the title and Hykeham could well emerge as dark horses.

Although Hykeham are four points adrift of Town, they have three games in hand and have yet to lose in the league this season.