Skegness Town’s defence leaks eight goals

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Skegness Town 1 Nettleham 8

BY the time this match report hits the streets the Lilywhites will have completed a challenging August.

There has been the traditionally low-scoring draw against Ruston Sports, a feisty clash with neighbours Skegness United, this mauling by league new boys Nettleham and last night (Tuesday) the visit of free-scoring champions and league leaders Boston.

Chances are that the Seasiders will have no more than a point in the bag, plus a few quid from an extraordinary show of interest in the local derby.

Based on the evidence of this drubbing, Town’s management know they are going to have to find more steel if they are to add to that tally.

Frustrated by unavailability of key players, Town’s woes increased with early injuries to Daniel Cobb and Michael Howard.

Joshua Bowden opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a headed goal that set the tone for the afternoon.

Three minutes later Howard had restored parity, but visiting skipper Lee Beesley stabbed the Nettles back in front after 11 minutes after Lewis King’s header came back from the Skegness cross bar.

Two minutes later an AWOL defence allowed William Munro to sweep home the first of his three goals to make the score 3-1.

Further embarrassing defending allowed Munro to break free and cross for Beesley to make it four.

And three minutes before the break Munro volleyed home his second as the Seasiders failed to clear the danger.

With little more than pride to play for after the break Skegness fell further behind when Emery was caught off his line by Chris Nuttall’s lob.

Munro completed his hat-trick when he headed home William Griffith’s cross from the right.

Full-back Thomas Moore completed the scoring for the visitors when he took advantage of further sloppy defending.

Liam Papworth had Town’s best chance of the half when he got in behind the visiting defence, but his lob failed to stretch Mark Neave in the Nettles’ goal.

This may not have been the first choice squad of manager Barry Kilmore, but it was a golden opportunity for those standing in to show they have what it takes to compete at this level. Sadly for the Lilywhites most didn’t respond.

Town welcome Market Rasen Town to Burgh Road on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Skegness Town: Emery, Trestrail, Cobb, D Cartwright, Howland, L Cartwright, Papworth, S Sleight, Howard, J Sleight, J Whittam, Booth, Bentley, Forman, Needham.