Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League
Supplementary Cup Group B
Horncastle Town 1
Skegness Town 4
For the third consecutive match Skegness Town scored four times, as they strengthened their position at the top of Group B in the Supplementary Cup.
It completed a league and cup double over Horncastle Town, having beaten the Wongers by the odd goal in three at Burgh Road last month.
Daniel Reid was their hero, getting off the bench to score two second-half goals, but it was their solid foundations at the back that set up this latest success.
Miles Chamberlain and Andy Parish produced faultless displays to blunt the home attack at every opportunity.
Both illustrated their defensive qualities, but equally important was how comfortable they were on the ball, while initiating raids at the other end.
The seasiders did survive an early scare when left back Jamie Epton got underneath a deep cross and the ball dropped to the unmarked Michael Harness at the far post. Stand-in keeper Joby Gowshall was grateful to see Harness ripple the outside of the sidenetting with his shot from five yards.
There was very little goalmouth action for the rest of the first half, but Horncastle suffered a blow when they were reduced to 10 men after 20 minutes.
As visiting striker William Britton chased a ball in behind the home defence he was clipped by defender Stephen Brown.
Referee Paul Stimpson received unnecessary advice from both sets of players before reaching for his red card to dismiss the Horncastle player.
From the resultant free kick Parish fired inches over the bar.
In the 40th minute Skegness squandered their best chance of the half when skipper Ben Davison caused panic in the Horncastle defence, but Britton failed to connect at the far post.
At the other end Harness outmuscled Keiron Elliott before threatening with a shot that fizzed just too high of Gowshall’s cross bar.
And in the last minute of the half Gowshall delayed his clearance before presenting Daniel Bent with a chance from 22 yards, which required a diving block from Parish to keep the scoresheet blank at the interval.
Skegness finally broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half. Harness was penalised for a foul on Davison, who punished the misdemeanour by rising above the home defence to meet McCauley Parker’s free kick, looping his header just inside the far post.
The Lilywhites were starting to make the one-man advantage pay, stretching the play and making Horncastle players work hard for possession.
Ten minutes after replacing Britton in the Skegness attack Reid doubled the seasiders’ lead.
Davison fired across the Horncastle penalty area, Parker stepped over the ball and Reid reacted quickest, avoiding a desperate challenge before planting his shot into the top corner.
Horncastle were still recovering when Skegness increased their lead with a 72nd minute effort from Liam Papworth.
It was the move of the game down the Skegness left, involving, Epton, Elliott, Davison, Hardy and Reid.
Horncastle players were left stunned as Papworth finished the move off by stabbing home from 18 yards.
A minute later Harness reduced the deficit when he drilled the ball into the bottom corner beyond Gowshall’s despairing dive.
The goal kept the good-sized crowd interested, but Reid restored the three-goal advantage in the 85th minute when he curled a right foot shot into the helpless Lewis Burchnall’s top corner from 20 yards.
A third goal would have been the icing on the cake for Reid, but he fluffed his lines in the last minute when, with just Burchnall to beat, he lifted the ball onto the roof of the net.
Skegness boss Nick Chapman was delighted with the result. He said after the game: “We know we didn’t play particularly well in the first half, but we stepped it up after the break and played with a lot of control once we had scored.”
Horncastle Town: Lewis Burchnall, Nathan Rawdon, Andrew Shinn, Stephen Brown, Scott Lowman, Oliver Johnson, Michael Harness, Richard Jackson, Daniel Bent, Stephen Lovett, Tony Edwards, Carl Smith, Callum Low, Samuel Johnson.
Skegness Town: Joby Gowshall, Ashley Murrell, Jamie Epton, Keiron Elliott, Miles Chamberlain, Andy Parish, Liam Papworth, Ben Davison, Will Britton, Michael Hardy, McCauley Parker, Daniel Reid, Matt Veall.