FOOTBALL: We’re strong enough to compete say Horncastle Town

Midfield marvel - Richard Jackson who has made a big impact at Horncastle Town this season
Midfield marvel - Richard Jackson who has made a big impact at Horncastle Town this season

Horncastle Town are confident they will go into 2015 with the squad to challenge for the Sills and Betteridge League title.

Town have proved to be one of the surprise packages this season.

A 2-0 victory against leaders Skegness United at The Wong last week was an indication of Town’s growing title credentials.

Current leaders Skegness Town - who are three points ahead of Town - are still ranked as favourites for the silverware.

However, Town spokesman Dale Johnson believes the club can remain in contention.

He said: “We’re in a good position and the lads are looking forward to the second half of the season.

“Skegness (Town) are still the side to beat and there are one or two other clubs still in with a shout.

“However, we believe we have the squad to be in the mix.”

Town have strengthened this term with signings like striker Mickey Stones, midfielder Rich Jackson and winger Tom Sergeant making big impacts.

Johnson added: “They have made a difference.

“To be fair, we had a decent starting 11 last season, but we’ve definitely got a lot more strength in depth.

“You just have to look at the quality of the players on the bench every week.”

Town certainly pack plenty of firepower with the likes of Stones, Michael Harness and Tony Edwards on duty.

Former Boston United frontman Stones has scored eight goals while Harness bagged his 14th of the campaign in the win against Skegness.

Town were also delighted with a much improved defensive display with the back four of Andrew Shinn, Chris Johnson, Steve Brown and Nathan Rawdon hopefully putting down a marker for the rest of the season.

Town don’t have a game this weekend and return to action at fourth placed Hykeham on January 10.