Sills and Betteridge
Skegness Town 1
The Lilywhites made it two wins out of two with a battling display against a strong Wyberton outfit at Burgh Road.
Liam Papworth was the goal hero with a sweetly struck left-foot shot during an even first half.
After good work from Ben Davison and Will Britton, the ball broke kindly to Papworth 20 yards out and he curled his shot beyond the keeper and into the corner of the net.
It was a good goal, worthy of winning any game, but Town boss Nick Chapman said it was always going to take a good strike to win this one.
“They are well organised and they have some good players,” he said. “In fact they had more of the play in the second half but they just couldn’t break us down.
“Ricky Lovelace in our goal only had a couple of saves to make, which illustrates how well we defended.”
Indeed the seasiders have yet to concede after two games. Having built last season’s title success on a strong defence, they have started where they left off.
“We asked for some big performances from big personalities out there and that’s exactly what we got,” said a delighted Chapman.
“McCauley Parker hit the bar early on and I thought Kieron Elliott had a perfectly good goal disallowed in the first half, so the lead could have been bigger at half time.”
As it was, the one goal proved enough to secure the three points.
The Lilywhites welcome Horncastle to Burgh Road on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
“It’s going to be another toughie,” said Chapman.
Horncastle have had an unbeaten start to the season and local rivalry should add extra spice to the fixture.
The seasiders will be without Andy Parish, who is unavailable. There is also a doubt about the fitness of Elliott, who turned his ankle during the Wyberton game.
Joby Gowshall and Daniel Cobb could return to the squad.
Skegness Town: Lovelace, Drysdale, Parish, M Chamberlain, Bartlett, Murrell, Elliott, Davison, Papworth, Parker, Britton, Hardy, Reid, Veall, Howland.