AT the third time of asking, Sleaford Town clocked up a win and managed to get on the scoresheet as the pre-season friendly programme continued last Tuesday with the visit of Louth Town from the Northern Counties East Division One.
Having played two teams from higher in the footballing pyramid, this time Town were taking on a side one place lower, and they made it count.
The score at half-time was one goal apiece, as the Eslaforde Park outfit took the lead thanks to an own goal, only to concede the equaliser right on half-time.
The introduction of the likes of Tony Edwards and Luke Hollingsworth brought some spark to the play in the second half and Town went on to add a further three goals through Liam Tunstall, Edwards and young Harry Millard.
Sleaford assistant manager Jamie Shaw, in the absence of new manager Glen Maddison (away on holiday in Egypt), said: “I thought it was a good work-out, with a particularly encouraging display after the interval. We looked quite lively up front and created quite a few openings.”
On Thursday evening there was a hastily arranged game away to Boston League club Wrangle, the game played at nearby Sheepgate, Leverton. Town again reached four goals although they might well have been disappointed at conceding two against this opposition. The Sleaford scorers were Shaun Popple, Luke Hollingsworth (2) and Ryan Oliver.
After the first two friendlies it began to look as if goals might be difficult to find, although the quality of the opposition must be taken into consideration. Town are unlikely to meet sides with the overall strength of Boston United and Wisbech.
There should have been a trip to March Town on Saturday but the hosts called it off due to the wedding of one of the club members.
The anticipated friendly away against Nettleham has been arranged for this Friday evening and that could well be the final outing before the serious stuff of the FA Cup at home against Holwell Works (Leicester) on Saturday, August 11.