Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves 0, Skegness Town 5

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SKEGNESS Town eased their way into the semi-finals of the Supplementary Cup with a convincing win at Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves.

The seasiders were without their hat-trick hero from the previous week Michael Gardner, and goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace had returned to parent club Wisbech Town.

Ashley Bentley stepped between the sticks, while Lee Orrey got off his sick bed to partner Mark Lovelace up front. Lewis Cartwright returned to the defence after injury, which released skipper Damian Howland to play in midfield.

As in the previous week against Louth, the Lilywhites got off to a flyer. The watchful Liam Papworth belted home his 11th of the season from the edge of the area after just three minutes.

The rest of the first half was fairly even, with few chances at either end, although John Pinnington tested Bentley with a couple of strikes and Cory Butler rattled the Skegness cross bar in the 33rd minute.

At the other end Lovelace hit the foot of a post with a volley following a corner from the left, but it wasn’t until the 43rd minute that Town doubled their lead.

The Railmen started a move from the back, but Herbie Nicholls nipped in to rob his man deep in his opponents’ territory. His through ball was latched onto by Dan Tuplin, who pipped keeper Jake Fogarty to the ball and crossed for Lee Orrey to tap into an empty net.

The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side, who fell further behind in the 55th minute. Max Forman’s looping header dropped just under the bar to open the youngster’s account for the season.

Ten minutes later Forman doubled his season’s tally with a fierce drive after Moorlands failed to deal with another Skegness corner.

There was still 20 minutes to go when the dangerous Lovelace lashed home his second goal in two games with his left foot after the ball had looped over the home defence.

Skegness played the last five minutes of the game with ten men after substitute Craig Booth suffered a nasty injury following a clash of heads.

The Lilywhites now entertain either Heckington United or Boston United Reserves in the semi-finals on March 31.

Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves: Fogarty, Turner, L Smith, Allers, John, Sinker, Burton, Baines, Holding, Pinnington, Waywey, Hallsworth, Addway, G Smith, S Moyses.

Skegness Town: Bentley, Trestrail, Seiner, Tuplin, L Cartwright, Forman, Nicholls, Howland, Orrey, M Lovelace, Papworth, P Dickinson, Booth.

On Saturday Town travel to Holton le Clay in the first round of the Cusworth Cup.

Skegness Town Reserves are at home to Pointon in the Boston League (kick-off 2.30pm).