Ruston Sports 0
Skegness Town 5
Skegness Town are sitting pretty at the top of Group B in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Supplementary Cup after a comfortable 5-0 win over Lincoln-based Ruston Sports.
Having already beaten CGB Humbertherm in the same competition, the Lilywhites increased their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals with this convincing victory over a new-look Sports.
Despite dominating the game at Newark Road, the seasiders failed to kill it off until 15 minutes from the end, when they scored their second goal.
Until then the stubborn Rustons defence had kept them out.
But 2-0 soon became 5-0 as the home side caved in.
Town’s line-up included Ben Davison, Wade Hurst and Matt Veall, replacing Dan Field, Michael Parnham and Michael Hardy, while goalkeeper Mike Emery returned to the fold.
Liam Parker replaced Jamie Epton in defence.
The Rustons team bore no resemblance to the side that knocked the Lilywhites out of the Challenge Cup and held them to a draw in the league last season.
Indeed, the Lincoln side deserve great credit for putting out a side to compete with Town after losing so many players at the end of last term.
And for 75 minutes they were in this game thanks to a willingness to work hard for each other.
Despite this laudable work ethic, they created very few chances, although the visitors did escape one scare when Rustons hit the frame of the goal.
It was at the other end that opportunities to break the deadlock presented themselves with regularity.
But some fine goalkeeping by Warren McReeth kept the seasiders out, that is until two minutes before the end of the first half.
And when the goal arrived, it was gift-wrapped, the product of a mix-up between McReeth and a defender.
Jordan Smith took full advantage to nip in and side-foot the ball into a gaping net.
The half time interval gave Rustons a chance to regroup, and for 30 minutes of the second half they worked their socks off to stay in the game.
Liam Parker crashed a header against their cross bar and McReeth denied both Smith and Will Britton.
Luke Rayner-Mistry skied the ball over the bar when well placed and a Veall effort was blocked by the keeper.
At the other end Emery was largely a spectator, although he did almost double the seasiders’ lead when he overhit a free kick from just inside the Skegness half, which McReeth had to tip over.
The second goal finally arrived in the 76th minute when McCauley Parker whipped in a corner with his left foot and Miles Chamberlain stole in at the far post to gleefully fire home from close range.
A minute later the visitors produced the move of the match to kill the game off.
Liam Parker and Davison worked the ball on the edge of the area before the former crossed to his brother, McCauley, to steer past McReeth at the near post.
The seal was now well and truly broken and Town attacked at will for the last 10 minutes, creating a host of chances.
With five minutes to go, Chamberlain headed home his second and, in the last minute, Smith completed his brace when he side-footed home from 20 yards.
TOWN: Emery, Warren, M. Parker, Rayner-Mistry, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Hurst, Davison, Britton, Smith, Veall, Shelley, Quinn.
On Saturday Skegness turn their attention to the Challenge Cup, with a trip to Market Rasen Town.