Skegness United 6, Sleaford Town Reserves 0

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Skegness United continued their winning ways in style at the weekend after hammering Sleaford Town Reserves 6-0.

In the early part of the match Sleaford, with the wind at their backs, had more of the play. However they failed to take advantage with too many long balls, which were causing no problems to a stubborn United defence.

On 20 minutes United had a good chance to open the scoring when a ball from Muirhead was picked up by Wightwick whose shot brought an excellent save from the visiting keeper Dolan

Wightwick was causing all sorts of problems down the left side with runs and tight control.

On one of these runs, Dolan had to push his shot out but Michael Howard could not add the final touch. Joe Martin then showed good hands in collecting a long range shot from Shaw.

After defending resolutely United took the lead on the counter attack when a superb pass from Andy Reeson split the visitors’ defence for the impressive Michael Howard to run onto and place his shot past Doran brilliantly.

At the start of the second half Kurt Crossley replaced Mark Hallam. United began to take control of the match with the advantage of the wind at their backs, and on 65 minutes interplay between Crossley and Wightwick released Howard who could not get enough power on his shot, and it was cleared off the line.

Five minutes later Wightwick went on a mazy run beating four players and in trying to round Dolan the keeper knocked the ball away, and it fell to Reeson who fired his shot just wide of the upright.

Just a minute later and the United pressure paid dividends when Howard chased a ball down and beat Dolan to it, before squaring the ball to strike partner Kurt Crossley, who finished clinically.

On 76 minutes United went three up when man of the match Jack Wightwick, bamboozled two players down the right, before playing the ball into Kurt Crossley who knocked the ball home at the second attempt for his second of the afternoon.

Four minutes later, Luke Rayner-Mistry was brought down on the edge of the area and Danny Stevens stepped up to fire the free kick into the corner with Dolan rooted to the spot.

On 85 minutes number five arrived when the irrepressible Wightwick set up another goal with a jinking run, this time down the left, before he played the ball into Crossley who laid it back to Andy Reeson to fire home from the edge of the area.

A minute later the visitors had their best chance of the match when a ball was played into the United area, and Martin had to get down well to save a shot from Liam Kishere and the ball was finally cleared.

United scored number six with the final whistle approaching when Crossley was played through again by Wightwick and he unselfishly picked out Michael Howard who scored his second of the afternoon from close range.

Manager Mark Hallam said: “The attitude and work ethic of the players was again superb in very difficult conditions and we are delighted with another clean sheet. The performance of young Jack Wightwick was outstanding although Michael Howard certainly ran him close for the man of the match award in a great team performance.”

Team: Martin, Muirhead, Sleight, McGuigan, Stevens, Skinner, Hallam (Crossley), Howard, Rayner-Mistry, Wightwick and Reeson. Man of the Match: Jack Wightwick.

Next Saturday (February 15) United are at home to Grimsby Borough Reserves. Kick-off is 2pm.