Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League
Skegness Town 4
Market Rasen Town 1
WHAT a difference a week makes! It was suggested Tuesday night’s narrow defeat to champions and leaders Boston United Reserves felt like a victory after last Saturday’s debacle against Nettleham.
Well, the Lilywhites have now tasted the real thing, registering their first victory of the new campaign.
Two goals from Liam Papworth, a header from Lee Orrey and Michael Howard’s second of the season were enough to clinch the three points against new boys Rasen.
It was a convincing victory, but despite their dominance the Lilywhites left it until 20 minutes from the end to make the points safe.
Indeed, a goal-line clearance from new signing Mark Thompson prevented Rasen equalising, and 45 seconds later, Papworth flashed home his second of the game to make the score 3-1.
The game was spoilt by a swirling wind, which assisted Papworth with his first goal of the season early on, when Bradford appeared to be deceived by his cross-cum-shot and the ball finished up in the back of his net.
Orrey opened his account for the season with a bullet header and Skegness were in control.
The visitors were thrown a lifeline when a ball from setplay hit Matt Veall on the head and dropped over the goalline to halve the deficit.
In the second half, substitutes Howard and Lee Marshall were immediately involved in carving out an opening, but Howard was prevented from making an impact with his first touch by a last-ditch tackle.
At the other end, Skegness keeper Michael Emery dived to his left to fingertip a goalbound shot from fullback Kyle Paul just wide of his left-hand post.
From the corner, Rasen should have drawn level. There was ping-pong around the box and when Thompson blocked on the line, Kal Mattu fired over the bar from four yards.
This escape spurred the seasiders into action, and Papworth finished off his penetrating run with an unstoppable 25-yard shot into Bradford’s top corner.
Town then enjoyed other chances to score, including a cheeky effort from Thompson five yards inside his own half that dropped just over the bar.
Seven minutes from the end, the move of the game saw Orrey and Papworth combine to set up Howard, who fired home from six yards for 4-1.
Skegness Town: Emery, Needham, Thorpe, S. Sleight, Thompson, Cartwright, Cobb, Howland, Orrey, Papworth, Veall, Tuplin, Howard, Marshall.
On Saturday, Skegness Town will take a break from league football when they travel to Peterborough league side Sutton Bridge United in the Lincs junior cup, with a 2.30pm kick-off.