Skegness United turn on style in sensational showing

Luke Rayner-Mistry in action scoring four goals.
Luke Rayner-Mistry in action scoring four goals.

Skegness Umited 8 Market Rasen Town 0

Skegness United put eight goals past Market Rasen in the Lincolnshire League on Saturday.

The home team, who handed a debut to Jack Wightwick, made the perfect start after one minute when Luke Rayner-Mistry was played in down the right and, from the corner of the area, ofted the ball over visiting keeper Adam Brumpton into the far corner for his first goal of the season.

Two minutes later, interplay down the United right resulted in Ryan O’Loughlin firing a shot straight at the keeper.

At this stage it was all one way traffic towards Rasen’s goal.

The visitor’s first attack came after 10 minutes when they won a corner following a free kick, but nothing came of it.

On 14 minutes United had their best chance since the goal when play between Wightwick and O’Loughlin resulted in Wightwick placing a cross to the far post where Rayner-Mistry headed into the side netting.

One minute later United increased their lead when Wightwick picked a ball up in midfield and put in a perfect cross for Kurt Crossley to head home past Brumpton.

On 22 minutes United scored their third after good interplay between Crossley and Wightwick released Rayner-Mistry on the edge of the area and, although the keeper got a hand to his shot, it crept into the bottom corner.

United were in total control of the match and on 30 minutes Danny Wilkes had a long-range shot which was gathered by Brumpton.

Two minutes later Rasen came nearest to opening their account when the ball was bouncing around the United six-yard box and finally hit the post and bounced into the hands of keeper Joe Martin.

With half time approaching, Arron Scutt shot wide of the far post with a deflected effort.

After the initial corner was cleared, Joe Harris played the ball back into the area where O’Loughlin was on hand to knock the ball home from 10 yards to send United in at half time with a four-goal lead, which they fully deserved.

Within three minutes of the restart United made it five.

Crossley played the ball into O’Loughlin, whose shot was blocked and the ball ran loose to Rayner-Mistry, who fired home to complete his first senior hat-trick for the United.

It was 6-0 when Crossley held up play well before placing a perfect ball for Scutt to run onto and knock the ball home from 10 yards out.

Goal number seven arrived on 55 minutes and what a goal it was.

If it had been seen on Match of the Day, Gary Lineker would have been purring about it as a certain Goal of the Season contender.

Scutt won the ball in midfield and passed to O’Loughlin, who played a one-two with Wightwick before releasing Crossley.

He then teed up Wightwick.

Had he continued his run he could have scored, but instead he sat the keeper down before passing the ball back to his skipper to smash the ball home from close range to a huge roar from the crowd.

On 68 minutes United were awarded penalty after Rayner-Mistry was brought down in the area.

From the resulting spot kick Crossley hit the bar and the ball was cleared.

To make matters worse for skipper Crossley moments later, he received his second yellow card having been adjudged to have handled the ball deliberately when attempting to score an eighth goal.

United had already made three subs with Rhys Mansell, Jamie Turner and Josh Clarke all joining the action.

With the game entering the final 10 minutes Josh Clarke showed quick feet to create a half chance, however fired wide of the post when well placed.

United scored number eight when Rayner-Mistry capped a sensational Man of the Match display when he went on a winding run, beating three players, including the keeper, to knock the ball into an empty net for his fourth goal of the afternoon.

Manager Mark Hallam said: “At times we were sensational today.

“I have wanted to play that front four together for a long time and having finally been able to, they did not disappoint with some stunning football, including the seventh goal which is the best goal I have ever witnessed.

“I’m so pleased for Luke who got his just rewards today after making a fantastic start to the season and, although he deservedly takes the headlines for not just his goals but his all-round display, I have to mention Arron Scutt and Ross Muirhead who were superb all afternoon.

Team: J Martin, Wilkes, Hallam (Mansell), Muirhead, Reeson (Turner), Harris, Scutt, Wightwick (Clarke), Rayner-Mistry, O’Loughlin and Crossley.

Man of Match: Luke Rayner-Mistry.

l On Saturday United travel to face CGB Humbertherm (KO 3pm).