Defensive qualities shine through

Sills and Betteridge

Lincolnshire League

Skegness Town 2

Lincoln United Reserves 0

THIS result is proof that you don’t have to dominate possession to win matches.

Lincoln United’s second string will feel they did enough to get something out of this league fixture, but despite having most of the play for long spells, the visitors finished second best to Town, who took their chances to clinch the points.

For most of the first half, United hogged the ball, but a couple of saves from Michael Emery kept them at bay.

At the other end, Lee Orrey latched onto a 15th minute through ball and danced round Lincoln keeper Liam Hutchinson to give the seasiders the advantage – some might argue against the run of play.

Chances came and went, the best one falling to Orrey on the hour, when he sprung the offside trap and again rounded Hutchinson, only to get the ball tangled between his feet.

Pressure built on the home defence, but they held firm to protect their slender lead.

Such was their determination in defence that Emery had very little to do between the posts.

Orrey cut a lonely figure up front and his frustration boiled over in the later stages when he clashed with Hutchinson, and both players were shown yellow cards by referee Evans.

It looked as though his goal was going to be enough to bag the points, but deep into injury time Liam Papworth doubled the lead.

He stung Hutchinson’s fingers with a close range blast, and was quickest to react to steer the rebound into the top corner.

It could be argued that the scoreline flattered the seasiders. They have certainly played better this season and lost, but they will be encouraged by the defensive qualities shown.

Skegness Town: Emery, Trestrail, Howland, Tuplin, Thompson, L Cartwright, Nicholls, Broome, Orrey, Gardner, Papworth, Seiner, Rawlinson.