MAKESHIFT Skegness Town slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat, allowing Lincoln-based Ruston Sports to climb out of the bottom two.
Decimated by injuries and work commitments, the Lilywhites were without Michael Gardner, Lee Orrey, Adam Broome, Liam Papworth, Dean Seiner, Mark Lovelace, Michael Howard and Nick Lovelace.
And their selection headaches increased during this game when midfielder Ross Trestrail was dismissed for two yellow cards.
Ruston’s games are usually tight affairs and this one was no exception.
There was very little in it, but the home side took their chances, while the seasiders squandered theirs.
Indeed, visiting skipper Damian Howland had two gilt-edged opportunities during the first 15 minutes, but Sports survived.
Town fell behind after 19 minutes when a ball over the top caught them out in defence and Ashley Rigley lobbed the exposed Ashley Bentley.
With the slope in their favour after the interval Skegness threatened, but a Danny Hunt strike at the other end rocked them back on their heels to make it 2-0.
Back they came and Donavan Vickers appeared to have got them back in the game with a splendid header, but a linesman’s flag ruled offside.
Then Pete Dickinson saw his long range effort bounce back from the cross bar.
l Skegness welcome fourth placed Grimsby Borough Reserves to Burgh Road on Saturday (kick-off at 3pm).
On Easter Monday they travel to Heckington United in the league (kick-off at 1pm) and two days later entertain CGB Humbertherm at Burgh Road (kick-off at 6.30pm).