FOOTBALL: Torment for Horncastle Town as key clash is called off

Horncastle Town players celebrate a goal EMN-140712-210252001
Horncastle Town players celebrate a goal EMN-140712-210252001

Title-chasing Horncastle Town suffered a frustrating blank on Saturday after their Sills and Betteridge League clash at CGB Humbertherm was postponed.

Town were confident of picking up a 10th consecutive win which would have kept them at the top of the table.

However, the game was called off as early as last Tuesday evening with Humbertherm claiming their pitch was waterlogged.

Town even suggested staging the fixture at The Wong, but their offer was rejected by Humbertherm who travelled to Nettleham instead and lost 2-0.

Ironically, Town are scheduled to travel to Humbertherm this Saturday in the quarter finals of the Supplementary Cup.

That game could already be in doubt - particularly if there is any more wet weather.

Town spokesman Dale Johnson confirmed if there is another postponement, the club is hoping the league will step in and order the tie to be played at The Wong.

Johnson said: “We’re not confident about Humbetherm’s pitch.

“Our own pitch is free this Saturday and we’re more than happy for them to come to us.”

Johnson admitted the last thing Town need is an end-of-season fixture pile-up caused by postponements.

The one piece of positive news last Saturday was that title rivals Skegness Town picked up just one point from a re-arranged game at struggling Market Rasen Town.

Although that result knocked Town off top spot, they are only one point behind Skegness with a game in hand.

The big threat to Town is likely to come from Hykeham. They are seven points adrift of Town but have three games in hand.

The two sides are scheduled to meet twice this month - at Hykeham on March 14 and in the return at The Wong on March 25.

Johnson added: “They look the main threat now but they’ve got a lot of games to play. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens.”