Skegness United 6
Heckington United 1
SKEGNESS United have set up another mouth-watering clash with derby rivals Skegness Town after they hammered Heckington United 6-1 in the first round of the Challenge Cup at the weekend.
United were without several key players due to Bank Holiday work commitments and holidays, including skipper Joby Gowshall, Kurt Crossley, Sean Chamberlain, Jamie Skinner and Tuesday night’s match-winner John Courtney.
United started the game poorly. Heckington went close on several occasions due to hesitancy in the makeshift back line, until they finally opened the scoring.
Miscommunication between Margarson and Drysdale led to the latter heading the ball past the onrushing keeper, which fell straight at the feet of a Heckington forward who had a simple tap in.
United started the second half with a bit more urgency and equalised with half-an-hour to go.
Good work by Parker down the left led to a cross into the box and Reeson reacted first to hammer the ball home at the near post.
It was slightly against the run of play but suddenly the United had the upper hand and started to dominate their visitors.
Joint manager Hallam was introduced as a replacement for his colleague Callaby as the United looked to book another trip to Burgh Road in the next round.
Five minutes later they took the lead. A well-worked short corner between Reeson and Elliott led to the latter flashing the ball across the face of goal and Hyland was on hand to power the ball home.
Another fast break led to Watts cleverly lifting the ball over the keeper to make it 3-1, but United weren’t finished there.
As the Heckington side visibly tired United looked like they would score every time they went forward and added further goals, through Hyland from a corner and a smart brace from Bartlett, to make the final score 6-1 and secure a trip to Burgh Road on Saturday, September 17, to the joy of the United fans.
Team: Margarson, Drysdale, Callaby, Harris, McGuigan, Reeson, Parker, Hyland, Elliott, Watts, Bartlett. Subs: Hallam.
United are away to Grimsby Borough Reserves on Wednesday night at 6.30pm at the Bradley Community Stadium, followed by a trip to Lincoln United Reserves, Ashby Avenue, on Saturday at 3pm.