Town third after score draw

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Skegnes United made a number of changes to the starting line-up from the previous match - with Kurt Crossley, Michael Howard, John Courtney, Alex Tittcombe, Sam Sleight and Matt English returning.

The first real danger to the United goal came on seven minutes when Joe Butler broke down the left and, when his cross came in there was no one following up and the ball was cleared.

Three minutes later at the other end, John Courtney got to the by-line and found Crossley with his cross, however he could not get a clean contact on the ball.

The game end to end in the early stages, until the game settled down with Ruston just edging posession.

At the half time whistle the match was level which was a fair reflection with both sides having the opportunity to open the scoring.

The game again was going from end to end by this point.

Ruston’s best chance of the match came when Durkin worked his way through the United defence and with only Chris Snaith to beat fired over the bar.

The deadlock was finally broken when, on 65 minutes ,the home side took advantage when a cross from the right was fired home from the edge of the area by Joe Butler, giving Snaith no chance.

This seemed to fire up United. From the restart, within two minutes, United went close to drawing level. After continued pressure, United won a corner.

From the resulting corner, Sean Chamberlain headed just over. Rustons took the initiative at this point and as a result of a breakaway on 75 minutes,

Having almost gone 2-0 down earlier in the game, with three minutes of normal time on the clock United drew level.

From yet another corner, the ball was not cleared by the home defence and John Courtney fired home high into the net from five yards.

In added on time both sides had chances to take the three points and twice from corners Ruston found it difficult to clear their lines however United could not take advantage.

Assistant manager Sam Sleight said: “We are disappointed not to win the game after creating several great chances with some incisive football. Having said that Ruston’s also had chances of their own, so a draw was probably a fair result in the end.”

Team: Chris Snaith, Mark Chamberlain (Charley McLening), Matt English, Alex Tittcomb, Ross Muirhead, Sam Sleight (Matt Charles), John Courtney, Sean Chamberlain, Luke Rayner-Mistry, Michael Howard and Kurt Crossley.

Man of Match: Michael Howard.