The champions! Skegness Town collect Lincs League trophy as they say farewell to Burgh Road

Maria Elliott of league sponsors Balcan Lighting Supplies presents the championship trophy to Skegness Town skipper Ben Davison after the final Lincolnshire League whistle was blown at Burgh Road.
Maria Elliott of league sponsors Balcan Lighting Supplies presents the championship trophy to Skegness Town skipper Ben Davison after the final Lincolnshire League whistle was blown at Burgh Road.

Skegness Town bid farewell to their Burgh Road home in fitting style as they were presented with the Lincolnshire League trophy - following their 4-3 victory over Wyberton.

Having not conceded a goal in their last four games, the Lilywhites let in three when the high-riding Villagers arrived on the coast.

But it was not enough to stop the newly-crowned champions finishing their season on a high note with victory over their neighbours from the Boston area.

Some may have felt this game was a bit of a non-event after Wyberton’s failure to beat Lincoln Railway AFC had handed the title to the seasiders.

But that was not how it looked last Wednesday evening.

Indeed, Wyberton appeared determined to spoil the party and dislodge Hykeham from second spot when they took an early lead through Curtis Revell.

The crowd of 100-plus spectators, including one from Norway, then saw home keeper James Lambley deny former Lilywhite Lee Orrey and Revell in this end-to-end encounter.

Skegness, playing on a much more predictable surface than of late, were pinging the ball between Jordan Smith, McCauley Parker, Luke Rayner-Mistry and Wade Hurst, while Revell and Orrey kept defenders occupied at the other end.

The seasiders finally drew level midway through the first half when skipper Ben Davison rescued a corner that was drifting out beyond the far post.

He set up Will Britton to nod home his 23rd league goal of the season from four yards.

Skegness sensed that the visitors were on the ropes and they took full advantage.

Davison headed them in front when Wyberton failed to deal with Parker’s free kick and then Rayner-Mistry fired home their third goal as the first half drew to a close.

Wyberton came out for the second half in more determined mood and Orrey reduced arrears early on.

This swung the momentum back towards the visitors and the Lilywhites had to be on their guard to keep them at bay.

Most of the play was in the Skegness half during this second period as the seasiders struggled to find their earlier tempo.

Wyberton ensured that they were not able to relax, although Davison’s second goal of the game, created by substitute Ben Drysdale’s burst of pace and cross from the right, did provide some respite.

Matt Veall was also inches away with a screaming shot from 25 yards.

But Wyberton bounced with a third goal from Ben Jaques in the dying embers of the match and season.

It was fitting that the final Lincs League match at Burgh Road should precede the presentation of the championship trophy.

Something they will no doubt have on display at their new ground when they move to Wainfleet Road for next season.

After the game the trophy was presented to skipper Davison by Maria Elliott of league sponsors Balcan Lighting Supplies.

TOWN: Lambley, Warren, Epton, M. Parker, Chamberlain, Parish, Smith, Davison, Britton, Hurst, Rayner-Mistry, Veall, Drysdale, Howland, L. Parker.

The club’s presentation event will take place at 2pm on Sunday, June 12 at The Vine, Skegness.

Tickets are available at £8.95 each.