Skegness Town 6, Louth Town Reserves 3

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THE two league fixtures between these local rivals have produced a total of 16 goals this season.

This time round it was the seasiders who hit their opponents for six.

And while it may have felt like revenge, after their 6-1 reverse at Park Avenue earlier in the season, the Lilywhites must reflect on why the points didn’t feel safe until the final whistle of the rematch.

It kicked off at a sizzling pace and the home side found themselves 1-0 up within the first minute. A disputed penalty was coolly despatched by Michael Gardner past James Macallam in the Louth goal.

The North Stand faithful were still making themselves comfortable when the scores were level, thanks to Andrew Willoughby’s 13th of the season.

And there were only five minutes on the clock when the Lilywhites were back in front. Liam Papworth danced past a couple of defenders and planted a real peach into the top corner.

Two minutes later a stunning strike from Gardner made it 3-1.

The pace slowed somewhat as the two sets of players took a breath, but the seasiders extended their lead after 30 minutes when Dean Seiner carved out an opening down the left and crossed towards the edge of the penalty box.

The ball rolled out into the path of Herbie Nicholls and Lovelace ducked out of the way as the youngster fired his second goal of the season into the roof of Macallum’s net.

A couple of minutes later Willoughby headed home from close range to reduce the deficit.

Surely that was it for the first half, but no, there was still time for Mark Lovelace to mark a promising debut with an instinctive strike into the bottom corner of the net.

The crowd were taking no chances after the interval. They took to their seats for the first whistle and it was a good job they did.

Indeed had they not done so they would have missed Gardner’s 46th minute hat-trick goal, struck with real venom after cutting in from the left.

Despite the four-goal cushion, the Lilywhites were not defending particularly well and 12 minutes into the second half doubts crept in, thanks to a penalty awarded for a foul by Scott Trestrail on Willoughby as the striker was about to pull the trigger. Ed Cope sent keeper Rick Lovelace the wrong way from the spot.

Louth, whose squad included former Lilywhites Gary Pawson and Craig Dalton, did continue to enjoy as much of the possession as the home side and they netted twice more before the end, but luckily for the seasiders both ‘goals’ were ruled out for offside.

Skegness Town: R. Lovelace, Trestrail, Seiner, Nicholls, Howland, Forman, Vaughan, Tuplin, M. Lovelace, Gardner, Papworth, P. Dickinson, Broome, Cartwright.

Louth Town Reserves: Macallum, Manders, B. Stevens, Burton, G. Pawson, Hallett, E. Cope, Bailey, Willoughby, Ella, T. Cope, Chapman, Coulam, Dalton, Taylor.