Nettleham Under 18s are due a win mainly because of the effort and energy they put into the League Cup fixture against Sleaford which they lost 2-1.

That’s the view of boss Scott Russell whose side came close to their first victory of the season on Sunday.

He said: “After a slow start we found ourselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes following a mix-up in defence which allowed Sleaford to score straight from a corner.

“A couple of minutes later our defence backed off from their impressive number 10 who smashed the ball home from the edge of the area.

“That kicked us into life and a cracking free kick from Tom Hocking found Tom Buchanan-Spence who nodded home from 10 yards out.

“We had possession and chances but yet again we weren’t clinical enough.

“We had nine players missing and only had a squad of 12.

“That’s not an excuse as the lads who stepped in all put in a great shift and deserved more from the game.

“Both teams were reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes to go for throwing punches after a late tackle on Nettleham skipper Callum Stamp.

“I’m now convinced after the efforts put in by the players on Sunday that with a full squad in next week’s County Cup second round we will finally get our first win of the season.

“We are due a positive result.”


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