Skegness Town and United return to Lincs League action

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Skegness Town and United will both return to action at the weekend following a festive break.

Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League leaders and champions Town are expected to be at full strength when they welcome Sleaford Town Reserves to Burgh Road on Saturday.

Matt Veall is the only absentee as the Lilywhites prepare for their opening fixture of 2015.

But Town boss Nick Chapman is hopeful that Josh Bartlett will again be available for selection.

Sleaford’s second string travel to Burgh Road, having pushed the seasiders all the way before going down by the odd goal in three at Eslaforde Park last month.

The victory was enough to lift the Lilywhites back to the top of the league, but Chapman will be aware that the Sleaford outfit are always a difficult side to beat.

Indeed, they bagged three points on last season’s trip to Burgh Road and it was Sleaford Town Reserves who knocked Skegness out of the Supplementary Cup in the semi-finals of 2013.

Meanwhile United, who currently sit third in the table - three points off the pace but having played three games more, travel to Wyberton.

Manager Mark Hallam is expecting a touch challenge from the team one place below them in the league.

“It’s a difficult one to predict,” he said. “They are new to the league having had massive success in the Boston League.

“Wyberton is always a tough place to go to. It will be one of the toughest games of the season so far.”

Hallam, who has previously enjoyed two spells at Wyberton as a player, said United’s progress so far this season had been happened by not being able to play a consistent side.

“I have not been able to put out the same team two weeks in a row,” he said. “Hopefully, I will have a couple more players available for the weekend.”

Hallam said the league title was still in sight, adding ‘we will never give up on that but it is looking more and 
more difficult’.

On Saturday, Skegness Town Reserves are also in action as they travel to Billinghay Athletic in the Boston League Premier Division.

All matches kick off at 2pm.