Thurnby 7 Sleaford Town 3
Sleaford Town battled back from a three-goal deficit only to concede four more to slump to a disappointing defeat on Saturday.
Last week assistant manager Terry Fleming called for his players to be more ruthless in front of goal and they responded to that call. However, too many defensive lapses let them down.
Town began their latest United Counties League Premier game disastrously, falling three goals behind inside the first 20 minutes. To their credit, after making a few tactical changes, Sleaford staged a gallant comeback, with Euan Clarke netting an excellent double, scoring in the 23rd and 28th minutes.
It remained 3-2 when the half time whistle sounded, but within a minute of the restart Town drew level through Harry Millard’s deflected shot.
But all of Town’s hard work to claw their way back into the game was undone, as they shipped four more goals in the second half, with Melbourne completing a hat-trick for the home side.
Commenting on the game, Terry Fleming said: “It was very disappointing, especially the manner in which we began the game. We cannot afford to give teams a 3-0 head start at this level.”
This Saturday, Sleaford travel to Eynesbury Rovers, who sit two points behind Sleaford but with six games in hand.
“We need a big, big reaction from the players after last Saturday’s defeat,” said Fleming.