THE game started with another good crowd at Wainfleet Road anxious for United to get back to winning ways.
Skegness started strongly and enjoyed several chances before taking the lead on 30 minutes when a well delivered corner from Danny Steadman was met by debutant Miles Chamberlain, who came from a deep position to head powerfully home.
Kurt Crossley had a chance to increase the lead but hit the bar.
With half-time approaching the crowd saw no fewer than three goals.
The first fell to Rustons, who levelled when a tame shot from Ashley Rigley somehow squirmed under Prichard’s body.
United responded almost immediately and took the lead again when a ball into the box was cleverly flicked home with the outside of his foot by Jack Wightwick at the far post.
Within minutes an unmarked Andy Reeson cleverly bent the ball around the despairing dive
Within four minutes of the second half United added a fourth when Wightwick danced through and played a delightful ball for John Atkinson to run onto before lobbing the ball over McCrachen.
United seemed to take their foot off the gas and the game was littered with mistakes.
United’s complacency caught up with them with five minutes left when Harris failed to cut out a through ball and Ashley Rigley ran on to beat Pritchard.
A minute later and Rustons again broke away after a poor corner from Drysdale and Rigley again was put through on goal but the assistant referee came to United’s rescue by flagging for offside.
The final whistle blew with United back to winning ways, despite not being at their best, and news then filtered through that title rivals Cleethorpes Town had lost to Hykeham, giving United an added boost.
Joint Manager Jason Callaby said: “Of course we are pleased to get back to winning ways, but disappointed with our complacent second half performance, as with the quality we have in this team, we need to be killing teams off.”
United - Prichard, Reeson (Parker) Drysdale, Walden, Chamberlain, Stevens, Scutt (Harris), Atkinson, Watts, Steadman, Crossley (Wightwick). Man of the match - Chamberlain. Match Sponsor - ALLCars; Ball Sponsor - Batemans Brewery.
This Saturday United entertain Sleaford Town Reserves in the quarter-final of the Lincolnshire League Supplementary Cup. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.