PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR TOWN

Luke Rayner-Mistry.
Luke Rayner-Mistry.

Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League 
Challenge Cup

Market Rasen Town 0

Skegness Town 3

Skegness Town eased their way into the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup with a comfortable win at Market Rasen Town, who finished the game with 10 men.

The seasiders were level at the break, but their patience paid dividends as they romped home with three second-half strikes.

Teenager Wade Hurst opened his account with the first, Matt Veall swept home the second from the edge of the penalty area and substitute Josh Bartlett wrapped things up late in the game.

Rasen’s miserable afternoon was completed four minutes from the end when the experienced Ian Williams was red carded.

Skegness were the more positive from the first whistle but they were lucky to escape an early scare, when keeper Mike Emery was caught out of his goal.

He was grateful to see Kieran Togher lift his chance onto the roof of the net.

At the other end Jordan Smith rippled the side netting after getting in behind the Market Rasen defence down the left.

Gradually the visitors took hold of the match and Ben Davison, Veall and McCauley Parker tried to open up the home defence with some incisive passing.

Rasen repelled the pressure and when they were breached they were rescued by some excellent goalkeeping by William Bradford.

He denied Luke Rayner-Mistry and Smith as the Lilywhites stepped up the tempo and he was relieved to see a Smith shot come back from the foot of a post.

Hurst was tormenting the home defence down the Skegness right and Rayner-Mistry busied himself in the Rasen defensive third, but Rasen held out to reach the interval unscathed.

The seasiders were never in any danger, but in the back of their minds they must have been concerned about being hit on the break.

The first goal was going to be important and it arrived six minutes into the second half when Rayner-Mistry carved open the home defence to release Jamie Epton down the left.

The Skegness wing back reached the by-line before crossing into the danger area, where Hurst smashed the ball past Bradford.

The goal seemed to fire the home side into action and Skegness were on the back foot for 10 minutes.

Rasen were just a lick of paint away from equalising in the 58th minute when Luke Richards crashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar.

Pressing forward did leave Rasen more exposed at the back and the second goal was no real surprise.

Epton and Rayner-Mistry were involved in the build-up, along with Smith.

But it was Veall who latched onto the loose ball on the edge of the home penalty area to steer it past a wrong-footed Bradford in the 72nd minute.

Eight minutes from the end the seasiders grabbed their third. Veall found Bartlett in acres of space and he controlled the ball before notching the seasiders’ final goal of the day.

To rub salt into their wounds the home side were reduced to ten men in the 86th minute when substitute Williams was dismissed with a straight red card.

TOWN: Emery, Warren, Epton, Veall, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Hurst, Davison, Rayner-Mistry, Smith, M. Parker, Bartlett, Simpson.