Skegness Town aiming to get title charge back on track

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Skegness Town hope to get their title challenge back on track when they welcome second-bottom CGB Humbertherm to Burgh Road on Saturday.

Meanwhile neighbours Skegness United are without a fixture in the Lincolnshire League.

Both teams were without a game this weekend after United’s match at home to Cleethorpes AKP and Town’s fixture away at Horncastle were both postponed due to the weather.

United manager Mark Hallam, who leaves for a position at Norwich City at the end of the season, said he was disappointed the game was called off.

He said the Skegness pitch had been declared playable but driving conditions were deemed too dangerous for Cleethorpes to travel.

Humbertherm have won only one of their last eight league games, a run which began with a 3-0 reverse at the hands of the Lilywhites back in September.

And the Fulstow-based strugglers are expected to be without their talisman and leading scorer Daniel Trott for the trip to the seaside.

Trott, who has notched 16 times in 17 games for the Therm in all competitions, is serving a two-match suspension.

But Town boss Nick Chapman will not be expecting an easy ride against the 2009 champions.

“Humbertherm can be difficult opponents,” he said, reflecting on previous encounters between the two sides.

Indeed, the Therm have already had success at Skegness this season when their 4-3 win at neighbours United helped secure them a Supplementary Cup quarter-final place.

“Despite their position in the league, they are capable of causing an upset,” said Chapman. “We will not be taking them lightly, but we are all chomping at the bit to put the Wyberton disappointment behind us. I am expecting a reaction from the players.”

Town will be without the injured Will Britton, while Chapman is hopeful that Ben Drysdale will be back in contention after illness. McCauley Parker, who was one of the scorers when the two sides met at Fulstow in September, may be unavailable. He tops the league goalscoring chart for the seasiders with seven.

Also on target for the Lilywhites at the Therm were Ben Davison and Liam Papworth, who both expect to feature in Saturday’s fixture (kick-off 2pm).

It comes seven days before the next Skegness derby, when United entertain the Lilywhites at Wainfleet Road on Valentine’s Day.

Going into the game without having played a match for two weeks, Hallam said: “It’s not ideal preparation going into my final derby without a game.”