Historic town derby will be a mouth-watering clash

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THE excitement is already building for the first competitive Skegness football derby in 72 years.

Skegness United will make the short trip to Burgh Road to take on their experienced Lincolnshire League rivals, Skegness Town, next Tuesday (August 23), kick-off at 6.30pm.

On April 22 1939, Skegness United played the Skegness Blue Rovers in their last ever game before the Second World War.

Although United will surely go into the game as underdogs given that they are a brand new team that only formed this season, the management team feel they will be able to hold their own in the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League this season.

Mark Hallam, Joint Manager, said: “Pre-season could not have gone much better in all honesty.

“We have asked a lot from the players training twice a week with games against higher level opposition as well and they have taken it all in their stride which is of great credit to them.

“We have a great bunch of lads with enormous potential and we just hope we can give the football fans in Skegness something to shout about.”

Jason Callaby, joint manager, said of the derby game: “There is noise within the town that it’s going to be like a cup final on Tuesday night but to us it’s just another three points up for grabs.

“We know they are a seasoned Lincolnshire League side with a good manager in Barry Kilmore, but we have belief in our players.”