Skegness Town 7 CGB Humbertherm 1
The race for the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League championship is going right to the wire.
Skegness Town now have to win their final game of the season, the return fixture at CGB Humbertherm, to pip Hykeham Town to the title.
And the Lilywhites will be hoping for a repeat performance after recording their highest win of the season at home to the 2009 champions.
It was a comfortable win in the end, although the seasiders were grateful to keeper James Lambley for a couple of early saves after they were opened up by the Therm’s long ball.
Town boss Nick Chapman had to shuffle his pack with Ricky Lovelace and Jake Gibson both unavailable and Miles Chamberlain suspended.
Michael Hardy returned to the midfield after his rib injury and Josh Bartlett re-joined the frontline.
After escaping the early scares, Town settled into a rhythm and dominated the play, scoring at regular intervals. They led 5-1 at the interval with McCauley Parker, Josh Bartlett, Liam Papworth (two) and Jack Cotton all finding the back of the net.
McCauley Parker’s header took the leading scorer’s tally for the season to 11 in all competitions.
After the break Bartlett added his second and Liam Parker rounded things off before Therm were reduced to 10 men, thanks to a late sending off.
The Humbertherm goal, scored by new signing Alex Garner, was only the 20th conceded by the seasiders in 23 league games this term.
Manager Chapman said after the game that it was a comfortable victory, but he was taking nothing for granted as he prepares his squad for the championship decider on May 3.
“I always thought the first of the two games against Humbertherm would be the easiest,” he said. “I fully expect them to be more organised when we go there in a couple of weeks time.”
So the league title will be decided on May 3 at Fulstow Playing Fields, when the Lilywhites hope to complete a quickfire double.
Skegness Town: James Lambley, Jack Cotton, Liam Parker, Jack Smith, Jamie Epton, Daniel Cobb, Michael Hardy, Ben Davison, McCauley Parker, Josh Bartlett, Liam Papworth, Sam Walker, Damian Howland and Matt Veall.