FOOTBALL: Why Horncastle Town don’t like to be beside the seaside!

Horncastle Town keeper Leiws Burchnall makes a save
Horncastle Town keeper Leiws Burchnall makes a save

Most people enjoy a trip to Skegness - but not Horncastle Town boss Paul Johnson and his players after a dramatic start to the season.

Town took Sills and Betteridge League champions Skegness Town to the wire last Saturday before conceding a 93rd minute goal to lose 2-1.

That result came just seven days after Town leaked another injury time goal to draw 2-2 at Skegness United.

Instead of looking at perhaps a nine point haul from their opening three games of the campaign, Town have had to settle for four.

Still, Johnson will feel his squad are showing all the determination they need to challenge for the leading positions in the table.

Town did struggle early on at Skegness and suffered an early blow when Ollie Johnson had to be substituted just 12 minutes in after twisting his knee. Jamie Lamming came on.

Skegness tried to intimidate Town with their physical and direct approach but Horncastle matched the ‘Lilywhites’ in all departments, particularly at the back with Scott Lowman and Steve Brown in fine form.

Town’s best chance of the first half fell to new signing Richard Jackson, who was unable to get any power in his shot after some nice build up play.

Town made a change at the start of the second half with Lovett being replaced by Low.

Two minutes in, Michael Harness gave Town the lead with a superb strike from a full 30 yards following good work by Carl Smith.

Town were the sharper of the two teams for the next 20 minutes and were looking good to see the game out and take all three points home from Burgh Road.

However the reigning champions weren’t giving up hope and found an equaliser when Town failed to clear the ball at the near post.

A draw looked certain but Skengess stole all three points in added time.

Town : Burchnall, Shinn, Brown, Lowman, Lovett (Low), Melia, Johnson (Lamming), Jackson, Smith, Edwards, Harness. Unused sub: Marshall.