Under-strength United are beaten at Brigg

Action from United's defeat at Brigg. Photo: Stephen Willmer.

Action from United's defeat at Brigg. Photo: Stephen Willmer.

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Lincolnshire League

Brigg Town Res 3

Skegness United 1

Due to injury and unavailability Skegness United were missing a number of players as they undertook their longest league journey of the season, going down 3-1 at Brigg Town Reserves.

Despite the recent rain of the last few days, the pitch was in excellent condition on Saturday.

The first goalmouth action of the game came on five minutes when both Harry Ginniff and James Gray had shots blocked before the ball was cleared for a corner. From the resulting corner James Cole headed over the bar.

Although the home side had more of the ball they failed to open up the visitors’ defence.

The nearest Brigg came to a goal was on 27 minutes when a snap shot from the edge of the area hit the inside of the post and rolled back into the arms of Travis Portas.

Another half chance came the way of the home side when a left-wing cross found a Brigg forward at the far post, but he headed into the arms of Portas.

The home side took the lead on 37 minutes when a United free kick had gone out for a goal kick.

The home side quickly took the kick and found David Dean on the left.

He outpaced the United defence and, as Portas came of his line, Dean placed the shot into the far corner.

On 55 minutes United had a bad 10 minutes when poor defensive play allowed Brigg to add two further goals and put the game out of reach.

First they lost the ball in their own half and the home side quickly played the ball over the United defence, where Ben Brown was able to fire home.

A couple of minutes later they could have gone 3-0 up when Deane headed wide of the target when well placed.

The home side made it three on 65 minutes when poor defensive play allowed Chris Rodgers to score from close range.

United did give themselves a glimmer of hope on 75 minutes when an excellent through ball found Dom Murray-Parris, who brought a good save out of home keeper Tom Cooke, James Gray on hand to knock home the rebound from 10 yards out, his first goal for the club.

Up to the final whistle United had their best spell of the game, however they could not open up the home side’s defence again.

The Man of Match was James Cole.

UNITED: T. Portas, Kendrick, Murray-Parris, J. Portas, Cole, Cunliffe, Bailey (Reid), Pickett (Beardsley), Gray, Ginniff, Hobbins.

On Saturday Skegness United’s Development Side are away at Manby (KO 2.30pm).