Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League
Market Rasen Town 1
Skegness Town 4
TWO goals a piece for Daniel Reid and Troy Lonslow earned high-riding Skegness Town another comfortable three points.
The seasiders dominated the match and should have won more convincingly. But overplaying on the edge of their opponents’ penalty area let the home side off the hook.
Indeed, it wasn’t until the second minute of injury time at the end of the game that the Lilywhites restored their three-goal lead to give the scoreline a more realistic feel.
It was the home side who created the first chance when a cross from the left needed a touch to safety from Joby Gowshall as James Bennett waited to pounce.
The Lilywhites’ first opening came in the 20th minute when Courtney pierced the Rasen defence and pulled the ball back to Reid. Keeper Dale Christie blocked his point blank shot and when Lonslow followed up, Tyrone O’Donovan was on hand to hook the ball off the line.
Skegness were well on top at this point and seemed only a matter of time before the opening goal. A Liam Papworth chance was deflected for a corner as the visitors piled on the pressure.
The breakthrough was finally made in the 37th minute when Reid beat Christie to a through ball, rounded the keeper and tapped into an empty net.
Four minutes before the break Reid doubled his tally for the day when James Critchlow and Reeson broke through the middle and released the striker to round Christie and roll the ball home.
A minute later Reid missed a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick when he headed wide at the far post.
Reid squandered another great chance for his hat-trick in the 47th minute. Again he showed the home defence a clean pair of heels and took the ball round Christie, only to narrowly miss the target
But the seasiders didn’t have long to wait for their third goal. Lonslow cut in from the right and unleashed a left foot shot that Christie could only parry into the bottom corner.
To keep the game alive Rasen reduced the arrears in the 70th minute when new signing Jason Hall, a second half substitute, blasted home from the edge of the Skegness penalty area.
The game crept into second half stoppage time before Lonslow completed the scoring. He chased down a loose ball and left Christie stranded outside his area as he turned neatly and clipped it into the gaping net.
Market Rasen Town: Christie, O’Donovan, Korytnickyj, Rutherford, Wade, Calvert, Smith, Lowman, Paul, Bennett, Marshall, Hall, Williams, Bell, Brumpton.
Skegness Town: Howland, Nicholls, Critchlow, Parish, Gowshall, Davison, Reeson, Courtney, Papworth, Lonslow, Reid, Booth.
Tonight (Wednesday) the seasiders travel to Sleaford Town Reserves in the league. On Saturday they are at home to Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves (kick-off 3pm).
Town turn their attention to cup competitions next month.
The opening Saturday in October sees the Lilywhites in county cup action and then travelling to either Boston United Reserves or Lincoln United Reserves for their Challenge Cup quarter-final.
If their opponents are Boston, it will be a repeat of last season’s Challenge Cup semi-final, which the Pilgrims won.
But first they take on North Somercotes United of the East Lincs Combination at Burgh Road on October 6 in the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup (kick-off 2.30pm).
Forthcoming fixtures - October 6, Lincs Junior Cup North Somercotes (h); 13 – Boston United Reserves or Lincoln United Reserves (a); 20 Nettleham (a); 27 Lincoln United (a) in the Challenge or Gainsborough Town (h).