Skegness Town Reserves into semi’s

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Willoughby Cup

Skegness Town Reserves 2 Woodhall Spa United 1

Skegness Town Reserves squeezed into the semi-final of the Willoughby Cup with a narrow win over Division One outfit Woodhall Spa United, who finished the game with 10 men.

The visitors were always going to be tough opponents, having knocked out Premier Division teams in the previous rounds, and having only lost two fixtures in the league.

Early exchanges were cagey, both teams cancelling each other out.

The visitors took the lead in the 20th minute as a forward made no mistake from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Woodhall were reduced to 10 men when a central defender was shown a red card for something he said.

The seasiders equalised shortly afterwards when a perfect cross from Jake Bell was met by stand-in striker John Jeffery, who calmly slotted home.

The second half was largely one way traffic, but United looked dangerous on the break.

They should have retaken the lead but a poor finish from the striker let them down.

At the other end Parnham had a 20-yard shot heading for the top corner, but it was well saved.

Town had several chances to seal the victory but squandered them. Indeed it wasn’t until two minutes from the end of extra time that they grabbed the winner, a perfect through-ball by Damian Howland was struck home by super sub James Bland.

Skegness Town Reserves: Simpson, Etches, Howland, Akers, Bell, Singh, Walker, Smith, Mansell, Jeffery, Hughes, Parnham, Errington, Bland.

Manager Scott Daley was full of praise for the squad after the fixture: “All 14 lads fully deserved this, against a decent team,” he said.

“It can be difficult playing against 10 men, but they never stopped believing they could score. It shows what team spirit and togetherness they have.”

Man of the match: Lucky Singh.

On Saturday Town Reserves travel to Fosdyke.