Town confident to face champs

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Lincolnshire Junior Cup

Benington 0

Skegness Town 7

Skegness Town eased their way into the fourth round of the county cup with a convincing win at Boston Saturday League outfit Benington.

They produced a performance to boost their confidence going into Saturday’s Lincolnshire League encounter against champions Hykeham Town.

Hykeham visit Burgh Road, having also won their way into the county cup fourth-round draw with a 3-1 win over Swineshead Institute, who play their football in the Boston League.

And Lilywhites boss Nick Chapman knows the importance of going into Saturday’s clash with Hykeham in confident mood.

“We played some nice football with a nice shape,” said Chapman. “So we go into Saturday’s match against Hykeham in good heart.”

It is bound to be a much more challenging match against the champions, but Town will be boosted by the manner of their cup win.

“They set their stall out to defend, but once we scored they had to come out more and we picked them off with some good goals,” said Chapman.

Jordan Smith weighed in with four goals and there was one apiece from Josh Bartlett, Luke Rayner-Mistry and McCauley Parker.

Rayner-Mistry broke the deadlock after 20 minutes before Town had a lucky let-off when ex-Lilywhites striker Gavin Bell intercepted a wayward pass but, with the goal at his mercy, took too much time and allowed Skegness goalkeeper Michael Emery to recover his ground and make a good save at point-blank range.

Skegness made their hosts pay for the miss as five minutes later Smith burst clear to slot past the home keeper to double their lead.

Josh Bartlett continued his good run of goals in cup games when he headed home their third after half an hour.

Ten minutes after the break Smith grabbed his second of the game and on the hour completed his hat-trick with another tidy finish.

Midway through the half Smith made it 6-0 and McCauley Parker wrapped things up with the seventh with 10 minutes left.

So the Lilywhites will now go into the league clash against Hykeham Town in confident mood.

Chapman will be pleased that he didn’t have to risk aggravating Will Britton’s ankle injury at Benington and another boost is the return from suspension of defender Jamie Epton. Midfielder Michael Hardy may also be back in contention for a place after a number of weeks when he wasn’t available.

“We are looking forward to the visit of Hykeham. Will’s ankle is a bit of a worry, but otherwise we should be at full strength,” said Chapman.

Kick-off at Burgh Road on Saturday is 2pm.

TOWN: Emery, Warren, M. Parker, Scutt, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Smith, Davison, Bartlett, Rayner-Mistry, Hurst, Veall, Britton, Nicholls.