Sills and Betteridge
CGB Humbertherm 0
Skegness Town 3
Skegness Town clinched the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League title with victory in their last game of the season.
It was the third time in eight years that the Lilywhites have won the championship.
Town went into this match at Fulstow Playing Fields, knowing that a win would take the trophy back to Burgh Road.
They had beaten the Therm 7-1 only two weeks previously, but this return fixture wasn’t expected to be so easy.
Humbertherm had bounced back from their heavy defeat at Town with a 7-1 win over Sleaford Town Reserves.
And the home side made a number of last minute signings to make sure the seasiders were made to work hard for their title clinching victory.
“We said before the game that we needed to attack this game with a high tempo from the start and try and get in front,” said Lilywhites boss Nick Chapman.
That’s exactly what they did and by half time they had earned themselves a three-goal cushion.
Twelve minutes in Liam Papworth created Michael Hardy an opening and the big man beat the advancing keeper to the ball before slotting home the opener.
Jake Gibson then created a chance for Josh Bartlett to notch his eighth of the season and later played in McCauley Parker with a neat back-heel to make the half time score 3-0 with his 12th goal of the season in all competitions.
“Our first half efforts sapped us a little, but we kept it nice and solid after the interval,” said Chapman.
“At the break we talked about not allowing the pace to drop and we agreed that the next goal would be crucial.
“At the beginning of the season we set out our stall to put together a side that could compete in the league and hopefully press for honours,” said Chapman. “Not only have they been good footballers, but they have been a decent bunch of lads and it has been a pleasure to have worked with them.”
Skegness Town: James Lambley, Jamie Epton, Jack Smith, Liam Parker, Jack Cotton, McCauley Parker, Ben Davison, Michael Hardy, Liam Papworth, Jake Gibson, Josh Bartlett, Daniel Cobb, Matt Veall, Michael Parnham, Aaron Shelley.
After the game the championship trophy was presented by league registrar Ian Hughes and accepted by Ben Davison, the Skegness Town skipper.