Skegness United 7, Sleaford Town Reserves 2

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SKEGNESS United are into the semi-finals of the Supplementary Cup after a comfortable win over Sleaford.

The only black spot on the afternoon was striker John Atkinson sustaining a broken arm early in the second half which will most likely put him out for the rest of the season.

United survived an early scare when Kallam O’Melia broke clear only to fire wide of out-rushing keeper Ben Pritchard.

The hosts took the lead on 25 minutes when Callum Hyland cut inside from the left and curled the ball home from 20 yards.

Five minutes later Miles Chamberlain scored number two when he headed home at the far post after a great cross from MaCauley Parker on the left.

With half-time approaching skipper Paul Watts got his name on the score sheet when he fired home from 15 yards after good interplay between Steadman and Parker.

Skegness added to their tally after the break when Chamberlain got his second of the afternoon, and third goal in only two games, when a cross from Andy Reeson was missed by Danny Stevens and Chamberlain forced it home.

Striker John Atkinson broke his arm after falling badly following a tackle.

Complacency from United then allowed Sleaford back into the game when the visitors scored two well-taken goals.

First Ryan Smith fired home from around 15 yards after a mix-up between Stevens and Drysdale and shortly afterwards Robert Horseman shot home for number two.

But Skegness fought back and caused a number of problems from set pieces.

With the game moving into the final quarter, United added a further three goals from skipper Watts, with two lethal finishes, and Parker with a clever finish from a tight angle.

As the final whistle blew United had booked a place in the semi-finals, where they will face Hykeham Town.

Joint Manager Mark Hallam said: “We played some good football at times but should have been more ruthless in front of goal.

“Skipper Paul Watts epitomised what we are wanting from our players with a tireless performance leading by example throughout, while also helping himself to a hat-trick”.

This Saturday United face a tough test when Boston United Reserves visit Wainfleet Road for a 3pm kick-off.

United - Prichard, McGuigan, Drysdale, Stevens (Gowshall), Chamberlain, Hyland, Reeson, Atkinson (Scutt), Watts, Steadman (Harris), Parker. Unused - Thorpe, Elliott; man of the match, Paul Watts; match sponsor, Hallgate Electrical; match ball sponsor, JP Smith Heating & plumbing.