Grimsby Borough Reserves 3, Skegness Town 1

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SKEGNESS Town let a half time lead slip as they slumped to their eighth league defeat of the season at windswept Grimsby Borough Reserves.

On a day marred by a strong wind straight down the pitch the Lilywhites failed to take full advantage of the elements.

Bizarrely, the wind seemed to strengthen for the five minute period when Grimsby turned the game on its head.

Leading 1-0 at the interval, after Michael Gardner’s free kick into the home penalty area was headed past his own keeper by Jamie Pearson, Skegness tried to play the second half with a high line.

The theory seemed to be that anything overhit would get blown away to safety.

For a while it worked. During the first ten minutes of the second period Borough’s forwards were frustrated by the offside trap.

The home side took time to get wise to the Lilywhites’ tactics, but drew level in the 56th minute when Lee McFarland fired past Skegness keeper Ashley Bentley.

A minute later the gusts reached gale force to help James Playford latch onto a through ball and give Grimsby the lead.

The gusts eased off almost immediately, which allowed the ball out of Town’s half and they played some of their best football of the game.

Adam Broome fired a chance wide of the target after being set up by Lee Orrey, but Peter Garbutt in the home goal was rarely tested.

One bright note from Town’s performance was the introduction of substitute Aston Chase midway through the half. The new signing showed promise, looking comfortable on the ball in the visitors’ midfield.

Despite working hard to try and rescue a point, the majority of second half chances fell at the other end and when James Deeming’s 80th minute shot came back from the foot of a post home sub Gareth Mason tapped in the rebound.

Grimsby Borough Reserves: Garbutt, Pearson, Taylor, G Beecham, Toyne, Magalhaes, Playford, Sinclair, Deeming, McFarland, D Beecham, Mason, Powell, L Beecham.

Skegness Town: Bentley, L Cartwright, Seiner, Forman, Howland, Broome, Trestrail, Nicholls, Orrey, Gardner, Papworth, Vaughan, Chase.

On Saturday Skegness entertain runaway league leaders Cleethorpes Town at Burgh Road (kick-off 2pm).