DISJOINTED Skegness Town stumbled to their third consecutive 3-1 defeat with a poor display against Swineshead Institute.
It was a typical end-of-season clash between two average sides, who showed just why they are occupying bottom half positions in the league table.
Town will be kicking themselves for some schoolboy defending that gifted the three points to the former Boston Leaguers.
The first half seemed to be heading towards a goalless conclusion when the visitors took the lead.
They added a second shortly after the break and it wasn’t until the match was two-thirds over that the seasiders woke from their slumber to pull a goal back.
Swineshead were panicking at this point, but they weathered the storm and hit back with a late third.
Without the likes of the injured Liam Papworth and Lee Orrey, the Lilywhites created very little of note before the break and the first half appeared to be going out with a whimper.
But a corner from the Swineshead right caused concern among the home rearguard. Two half-hearted attempts to clear failed and the ball dropped to Robert Masters on the edge of the penalty area.
Sadly for Skegness keeper Ashley Bentley, Masters’s shot took a deflection before nestling into the bottom corner of the net.
There was hardly time to restart the game before referee Neil Wheeler blew for half time.
The hair dryer treatment from joint manager Nick Chapman produced a better second half showing, but the seasiders fell further behind in the 49th minute when Richard Barker fired home from ten yards to complete a slick Swineshead move.
The same player rattled Bentley’s left hand post a few minutes later.
Gradually Town picked up the pace and for 20 minutes dominated possession. Dean Seiner caused all sorts of problems partnering Mark Lovelace in attack.
It was Seiner who reduced arrears in the 63rd minute with his first goal for the club, linking well with substitute Matt Veall before sweeping the ball home with his left foot.
Seiner and Veall caused more panic in the visitors’ defence, but they lacked back up and Swineshead wriggled off the hook.
With ten minutes left the Institute made the points safe when George Bakes buried a shot beyond Bentley’s outstretched arm.
Town - Bentley, Howland, Seiner, Tuplin, Foreman, L Cartwright, S Trestrail, R Trestrail, Howard, M Lovelace, Nicholls, Booth, Veall.
Town’s fixture scheduled for Saturday has been changed.
The Lilywhites were due to play their semi-final of the Supplementary Cup.
However the League has changed the date of the game. It will now be played on Easter Monday, April 9.
This Saturday the seasiders travel to Ruston Sports for a league fixture instead (kick-off 3pm).
Skegness Town Reserves, who beat Wyberton 2-1 on Saturday, travel to Billinghay Athletic this weekend.