Lincolnshire Junior Cup
Louth Old Boys 2
Skegness United 3
Skegness United booked their place in the second round of the Mason Bros Lincolnshire Junior Cup with a 3-2 victory at Louth Old Boys.
The experienced hosts fielded a mixture of youth and experience, some of which was to tell as the game progressed.
As both teams warmed up for the match, the heavens opened and soaked the teams, spectators and, more importantly, the playing surface.
Within five minutes the clouds had cleared and blue skies prevailed, but result of the freak conditions was a pitch which, although perfectly flat and smooth, was as greasy and slippery as could be.
Both teams found this to their cost. With regular goalkeeper Travis Portas away on duty with the Lincolnshire County side in Cheshire, Chase Maddison stepped up between the sticks.
From the kick off, Skegness took the match to their opponents, Troy Lonslow and Harry Ginniff proving to be thorns in Louth’s side with clever interplay and surging runs from Lonslow.
After a period of pressure from United, the breakthrough came when again, after a good build up from Lonslow, a ball slipped through to Louis Saebe, who fired at goal.
The Louth keeper failed to hold the ball and Danny Reid fired home to give United a deserved lead.
The goal definitely drove United forward.
From the kick off they chased to retrieve the ball from their reeling opponents.
Looking to inflict further damage, United piled on the pressure.
This pressure resulted in opportunities on the break for Louth and, were it not for the acrobatics of Maddison in the United goal, Louth may have had an equaliser.
A couple of point-blank saves and a brave collection off the toe of the Louth striker kept United’s lead intact.
On 25 minutes, with the game played largely in the Louth half, United’s pressure resulted in their lead being extended thanks to the industrious Dom Goddard.
Again, following some neat work from Ginniff in midfield, a through ball was picked up by Goddard, who worked space for his shot and found the back of the net leaving the keeper with no chance.
The 2-0 lead was a fair reflection on the game at that point, with United looking comfortable. The pitch proved to be tricky for both sides, with players from both teams losing their footing due to the sloppy surface.
This resulted in several scary moments for both managers and very nervous defences.
Just before half time, a slip and the resulting loose ball saw Louth get themselves on the scoresheet.
The greasy surface provided an opportunity for Louth to slot home a loose ball.
Half time saw United go in with a justified, albeit numerically slender lead.
The second half saw United come out fighting, and pressure from the Skegness midfield saw the ball bobble around in the Louth goalmouth and, an unfortunate slip left one of the Louth defence to raise a guilty hand to claim the own goal.
Rather than feeling deflated, Louth managed to get themselves back into the game from this point due to some clever and experienced play from several of the Old Boys side.
Louth pushed to reduce United’s lead and, after a period of pressure, the breakthrough came from the failure to clear a loose ball which was slotted home.
As the game drew to a close, neither side looked likely to add to their tally and the game finished with United as worthy winners.
After the match, manager Gary Edgley commented: “It’s good to be back to winning ways and it was nothing more than the lads deserved for all their hard work.
“It was good to see Dom Goddard get his goal after the work he’s put in these past few weeks.
“I’m very pleased for Danny too getting on the score sheet, he took his goal well.
“We’ve some tough games coming up and this result will give us the confidence going into them. I’m very pleased with how we played, time to build on it now.”
Louth played some excellent football at times and were committed to the final whistle but the 3-2 scoreline saw United leave with the result they required.
UNITED: Maddison, Kendrick, Hobbins, Gray (Paul), Cunliffe, J. Portas, Reid, Lonslow, Saebe, Goddard, Ginniff.
Man of the match: Harry Ginniff.