Lilywhites win cup rehearsal

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Lincolnshire League

Horncastle Town 1

Skegness Town 4

TWO goals in each half saw the Lilywhites grab the three points in this county cup fourth round rehearsal at The Wong.

The seasiders, who welcomed back former Horncastle players Dan Tuplin and Lewis Cartwright from injury, took an early lead through Michael Gardner.

Horncastle responded, but rarely threatened during the first half of a match that was played at a frenetic pace on a greasy surface.

Lee Orrey added a second for the seasiders on 30 minutes, which gave his team a comfortable cushion going into the break.

The visitors continued to press in the second half and five minutes in, Orrey set up Liam Papworth to make it 3-0 with his sixth of the season.

The points were made safe midway through the second half when Orrey fired his tenth of the season into the roof of the Horncastle net.

Horncastle finished strongly and, having had a penalty saved by Michael Emery, they grabbed a consolation goal when Dunn headed in at the near post.

Skegness Town: Emery, Trestrail, Howland, Nichols, Thompson, L Cartwright, Cobb, Tuplin, Orrey, Gardner, Papworth, Towell, Booth, Rawlinson.

l SKEGNESS Town will welcome Lincoln United Reserves to Burgh Road on Saturday, in a rearranged Lincs League fixture.

The seasiders were due to be kicking their heels again as they have players involved in the league representative side, who were expecting to play in the national inter-league cup in Birmingham.

The FA has postponed the cup tie until later in the year, however.

This has allowed the Lilywhites to bring forward their meeting with Lincoln, with whom they drew 2-2 earlier this season.

On that day, a depleted seasiders let a two-goal lead slip and had Peter Dickinson sent off for two yellow card offences.

It was a precious point, especially having played the second half with only ten men.

Leading goalscorer Lee Orrey missed that game, as did Lewis Cartwright and Dan Tuplin, who both featured prominently in the 4-1 win at Horncastle last week.

Saturday’s match will kick-off at 2pm and will be the Lilywhites’ first home league game since September 3.