SKEGNESS United manager Mark Hallam has warned other teams that his squad’s phenomenal first season is “just the beginning” after they bagged cup glory at the weekend and completed one of football’s most remarkable come-backs.
United only reformed this season after a break of over 70 years but have taken the local scene by storm – finishing second in the league, rattling in dozens of goals in the process.
And now they’ve got their first piece of silverware, after they edged out Boston United Reserves 2-1 in the Supplementary Cup final at the weekend.
A delighted Hallam has praised his team’s phoenix-like success story. He said: “I can’t describe how proud I am of my players. To a man they have shown incredible character and desire.
“This is just beginning for this team and hopefully the first of many trophies.
“Massive thanks must also go out to our wonderful committee members. Their selfless dedication should be an example to all clubs.”
From the kick off Boston took the game to Skegness as they struggled to settle, although their possession did not really threaten the United rearguard.
Despite that, the first real chance came to Skegness after five minutes when Paul Watts had a shot easily gathered by Andy Hewitt in the Boston goal.
Boston were seeing more of the ball but it was Skegness who looked far more dangerous when they were on the attack.
This proved to be so after 25 minutes when Skegness were first onto the scoresheet. A free kick taken by Miles Chamberlain was headed back into the Boston penalty area by Watts and Lewis Sturman under pressure from Ben Davison headed into his own net.
Kurt Crossley then broke down the Boston left and laid the ball back to Watts whose shot took a deflection for a corner.
From a free kick by Ben Pritchard in his own area the ball was flicked on by Watts into the path of Crossley, but with only Hewitt to beat he rushed his shot and the ball flew wide.
On 40 minutes Skegness increased their lead when a Crossley through ball split the Boston defence and skipper Paul Watts showed tremendous desire to beat Hewitt to the ball as he came off his line and poked it into an empty net.
Boston had always been in the game, but could not find their way through the Skegness defence of Sean Chamberlain, Jordan Walden, Miles Chamberlain and Danny Stevens.
The second half started as the first with Boston taking the game to Skegness.
A free kick by Boston saw Pritchard hold onto a shot which appeared to be going wide. Skegness made a change on 65 minutes when Andy Reeson replaced Kyle McGuigan.
Then Pritchard had to deal with his first direct shot on target when expertly tipping a rising shot over the bar.
Boston pulled a goal back on 70 minutes when following a free kick into the box Ben Davison appeared to be fouled. However, the referee waved away appeals and when it was played back into the box it bounced back out to Thomas Sargent who struck a fine shot through a crowded goalmouth to reduce the defecit.
Boston were now back in the game and for the next 10 minutes applied pressure on the Skegness defence which remained solid.
Skipper Paul Watts stepped up to receive the cup amidst jubilant celebrations.
Skegness - Ben Pritchard, Sean Chamberlain, Danny Stevens, Jordan Walden, Miles Chamberlain, Callum Hyland, Ben Davison, Kyle McGuigan (Andy Reeson), Paul Watts, Arron Scutt (Ben Drysdale) and Kurt Crossley (Andy Hallam).
Unused Subs: John Atkinson and Micky Hardy. Man of the Match: Sean Chamberlain.