Lacklustre United edge seven-goal thriller

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Sills and Betteridge

Lincolnshire League

Heckington United 3

Skegness United 4

Skegness United fielded the same starting line up from the previous week’s victory over Ruston Sports.

On a bumpy pitch, the visitors started the better of the two sides and on five minutes both Michael Howard, and Luke Rayner-Mistry had half chances.

However, on both occasions could not connect.

Then Andy Reeson played in Jordan Smith who was wide of the post with his shot.

On 10 minutes the home side had their first serious attack when winning a corner, however the resulting effort was a shot over the bar.

A minute later Heckington took the lead when Sean Chamberlain was robbed of possession on the edge of his box and Conrad Louth knocked the ball home from 10 yards.

On 20 minutes the visitors drew level when there was a collision between keeper Neil Terry and Harry Kirwan in trying to clear the ball resulting in it running loose to Luke Rayner-Mistry to walk the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

With half time approaching the United took the lead when Kurt Crossley beat two players before being brought down on the edge of the area, for which home player Oliver Sidney was cautioned.

From the resulting free kick Danny Stevens placed his shot straight into the top corner, leaving Terry with no chance.

The second half started with the game swinging from end to end until the 55th minutes when the home side drew level.

A ball in from the visitors’ right was not collected cleanly by Snaith, and John Pennington was on hand to knock the ball home from close range although it looked like Snaith had the ball in two hands.

On 75 minutes Skegness regained the lead with the best passing move of the match.

Reeson picked the ball up in midfield and played his pass inside the full back for Rayner-Mistry to run onto before laying it off to skipper Kurt Crossley, who exquisitely placed his shot from 15 yards out.

Two minutes later the visitors scored number four when Howard was fouled around 25 yards out and, from the resulting free kick, Andy Reeson hit a rasping shot into the top corner of the net.

However, the home side were not finished and on 80 minutes reduced the arrears when a lapse in concentration allowed Pennington in to score his second of the match from close range.

With the home side pressing to get something from the match, Jamie Skinner was moved up front due to injury, with McGuigan dropping back into defence.

However, it was not all one way, with Skegness always looking dangerous on the break.

At the final whistle the visitors went home with the points which they just about deserved on the balance of play.

Manager Mark Hallam said: “Our decision-making in the key moments let us down today both in attacking and defensive situations.

“In a game that we should have had sewn up in the first 20 minutes, we have given away soft goals to keep them in the game and we have not taken advantage of some great opportunities.”

UNITED: Chris Snaith, Sean Chamberlain, Ross Muirhead (Mark Hallam), Kyle McGuigan, Danny Stevens, Jamie Skinner, Andy Reeson, Michael Howard, Luke Rayner-Mistry, Jordan Smith and Kurt Crossley.

Man of Match: Danny Stevens.

l Skegness United are hosting a casino night this Saturday at Churchills Sports & Winebar at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 and include food and some gambling chips to get you started.

Please contact the club on their Facebook or Twitter pages for ticket information.