Dazza Replaces Mazza

Last updated : 16 March 2002 By Jonny Hall

Horrigan, known as ‘Daz' to his team-mates, found himself thrown in at the deep end, City one-nil down and struggling to claw themselves back into the game at the time.


Imps manager Alan Buckley made the change to allow Horrigan to make his Football League debut, while Marriott was nursing a slight groin strain. The minor injury has been bothering ‘Mazza' all week. The substitution was to have little effect on the game.


The teenage Horrigan produced a steady performance between the sticks, commanding his box well, looking comfortable on crosses and making a couple of impressive stops – all that Buckley would have wanted from the youngster.


And it was Horrigan that kept the Imps in the game, with a fine save with his legs to deny Clark as he raced towards goal in a one-on-one situation. The teenager stood up well, tipping the ball round the post – to the applause of the Imps supporters.


The number 13 will have certainly raised an eye or two – including Mr Buckleys'. With Paul Pettinger out on loan at Kettering Town following a rumoured bust-up with the gaffer, and Marriott not on top of his game, another opportunity may arise for Horrigan – the only third year scholar to be offered a pro-contract it was announced this week.