Town start with a derby clash

Luke Rayner-Mistry (right).
Luke Rayner-Mistry (right).

Skegness Town are counting down to their big kick off against East Lindsey rivals Horncastle Town on Saturday, having enjoyed a successful pre-season.

Town manager Nick Chapman has been delighted with the warm-up results, but acknowledges that these count for nothing.

“Training has been good and results have been positive, but we’re not getting carried away,” he said this week.

“It’s all gone very well, but it’s on Saturday that it really matters.”

The Town squad for Saturday’s opener is expected to include new signings Jordan Smith and Luke Rayner-Mistry - in a contest where local rivalry has added extra spice to the fixture which involves two of the sides that finished in the top three of the league last season.

The Lilywhites have followed up their 8-2 win over Clifton All Whites and 3-0 success over Downham Town with two further clean sheets.

They beat Alford Town 3-0 and followed this on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Spalding United, thanks to second half goals from Liam Papworth and Courtney Warren.

Tonight (Wednesday) the Lilywhites take on Boston United Under 21s in their final warm-up fixture before the league begins with Saturday’s visit of Horncastle Town to Burgh Road.

Elsewhere in the Lincolnshire League’s opening weekend, champions Hykeham Town begin the defence of their title when they entertain local rivals Ruston Sports at the Memorial Playing Field on Saturday.

Sleaford Town Reserves and Wyberton, who finished fourth and fifth last season, will cross swords at Eslaforde Park.

New boys Brigg Town Reserves get their season underway slightly earlier when they entertain Cleethorpes Town’s Development Squad under the floodlights at The Hawthorns on Friday night.

CGB Humbertherm also have a Friday evening appointment, when they welcome Market Rasen Town to Fulstow Playing Fields.

Town and Horncastle will kick off at Burgh Road at 3pm.