SKEGNESS UNITED 4, LOUTH TOWN RES 1

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SKEGNESS United looked to build upon the cup success of last Saturday by returning to Lincolnshire League action at Wainfleet Road.

In a tight opening period, it seemed neither side would give anything away. But on 25 minutes a moment of magic from Ryan O’Loughlin set Michael Howard free down the right and allowed him to put in a great cross for Kyle McGuigan to convert his fifth goal in four games.

United’s second goal on 30 minutes, again involved O’Loughlin whose cheeky back-heel released full back Jason Keal and his delivery was headed home by Michael Howard.

The United players seemed to relax and their customary intricate football led to a McGuigan effort that was well saved.

Three minutes before half-time United went three goals to the good when Jamie Skinner scored his first goal for the club after latching on to a loose ball following a corner.

It had by no means been a one-sided first half as a determined Louth side created chances of their own with their exciting young striker Alex Carter a real threat throughout and he forced United’s Ben Martin into making two excellent saves in the opening 45 minutes.

Louth began the second-half playing some great football but were unable to break down a resolute United.

On 55 minutes United had the chance to make the game safe when Luke Rayner-Mistry was brought down in the area. Sean Chamberlain’spot-kick was saved by the Louth keeper.

Against the run of play O’Loughlin eventually got his customary goal on 83 minutes to make it 4-0 to United with a delightful shot from just inside the area, continuing his incredible record of scoring in all 11 of United’s games so far this season.

Louth gained a late consolation goal from Danny Marshall.

Assistant manager Jason Smith said: “We were by no means at our best today.”

United’s next match is this Saturday, October 20 against Gainsborough Town in the Challenge Cup with a 2.30pm kick-off at Wainfleet Road.

Squad: Martin, Drysdale, Muirhead, Keal, Chamberlain (Sleight), Scutt, McGuigan, Rayner-Mistry, Howard (Nicholls), O’Loughlin

Man of the Match - Jason Keal.