Lilywhites are given a scare

Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League

Sleaford Town Reserves 1 Skegness Town 2

HEROIC goalkeeping and hesitant finishing threatened to spoil Skegness Town’s trip to bottom club.

But a last-minute header from central defender Lewis Cartwright bagged three points for the seasiders at a chilly Eslaforde Park.

In truth the Lilywhites battered the home side, but Sleaford keeper Josh Scott was in inspired form.

He was also blessed with a large slice of luck on a day when his woodwork came to the rescue on a number of occasions.

Sleaford signed three players just before kick-off and it was one of the new signings who made an immediate impact. Indeed centre forward Andy Harris needed less than a minute to open his account for his new team, planting the ball past James Lambley after latching onto a long ball over the Skegness defence.

The visitors had two golden opportunities to level within the first ten minutes, but Dan Tuplin and Lee Orrey both failed to convert.

Adam Broome stung Scott’s hands with another effort and Liam Papworth’s header hit a teammate before dropping onto the roof of Sleaford’s net.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with Lambley becoming even more of a shivering spectator.

Sleaford conceded more and more free-kicks as they struggled to protect their lead and Orrey appeared to have equalised when he rose to head one Dean Seiner set-piece goalwards. He did everything right, heading downwards, but somehow Scott dived to his left to scoop the ball away.

Cartwright did head home another free kick, but the ‘goal’ was ruled out for a push.

With 15 minutes to go Scott’s luck finally evaporated when Papworth’s drive came back from a post and hit his back, with Orrey claiming the final touch.

A minute of normal time was left on the clock when Seiner swept in a cheaply conceded free kick from the right and Cartwright, playing against his former club, nodded home from close range.

Skegness Town: Lambley, Howland, Seiner, Broome, Thompson, Cartwright, Nicholls, Tuplin, Orrey, Howard, Papworth, Booth.

On Saturday Skegness are on their travels again when they visit Hykeham Town in the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League (kick-off 2pm).