Horncastle Rugby Club almost came away with a win this weekend despite not having played all season.
Town took on Kesteven 3rds from Grantham and managed to get a team of 16 together with some of the ‘old heads’ and six youngsters playing their first senior games – two of which made their playing debuts.
In blustery conditions Horncastle scored first with some fine play down the middle of the pitch and Pete Campling finished the move off to score under the posts.
The conversion was duly taken and Town led 7-0.
Kesteven upped their effort in the second half and, despite some sterling defensive efforts, the away side managed to sneak over in the corner.
The visitor’s conversion attempt missed and Horncastle held on to their lead.
As the game wore on Town gave away some poor penalties within kicking range, and after a few attempts Kesteven’s fly half tucked one between the posts to give the visitors an 8-7 lead which they held on to.
David Stow said: “To lose by a single point was disappointing.
“A lot of positives were taken by the squad and there’s a determination to carry on and play again before the end of the season.
“Thanks to Kesteven for their good natured approach in a competitive game.”
The match ball was sponsored by the Black Swan.
Training takes place on Tuesdays, 7pm, at the clubhouse - all are welcome.