Boston League Sports Cup, Second Round
Skegness Town Res 2
FC Hammers 0
Town Reserves eased their way into the third round of the sports cup with a win against division three outfit FC Hammers.
Skegness started with Liam Gibson between the sticks, with Ben Etches, Mason Hazard, Max Foreman and Jack Ashwell making up the back four.
The midfield three of Daniel Wynn, Antony Miller and Shaun Connelly controlled the game with frontmen James Bland, Adi Verheul and Michael Marinov causing the FC Hammers back four problems all afternoon.
However, for all their possession Town lacked tempo, sharpness and quality in the first half and they were let down by the final ball on a number of occasions.
The second half display was much better and the entire team worked for each other.
Town opened the scoring on the 50th minute. Once again James Bland found himself on the score sheet. A quickly taken corner from Parnham, and Connelly found the winger in front of goal; Bland calmly slotted home his sixth goal of a very good season for the youngster.
This lifted the home side and they introduced simple pass and movement and quick free kicks, corners and throw-ins to their game.
In the 70th minute the seasiders doubled their lead. It was that man Bland who was in the thick of the action.
Some one-touch football involving Parnham, Wynn and Etches led to Bland putting in an inch-perfect cross for the flying Adi Verheul whose bullet header flew into the back of the net via the cross bar.
Jay Verheul was introduced into the action having a four week layoff due to injury and flu.
Town went onto create a number of opportunities to increase the lead but found the visitors’ keeper in great form.
Towns Assistant manager John Jeffery said: “We did what we needed to do and won. Roll on next weekend, team morale is brilliant at the moment. All the lads are looking forward to our next fixture.”
Man of the match: James Bland.
Skegness Town Reserves- Gibson, Etches, Hazard, Foreman, Ashwell, Wynn, Miller, Connelly, Bland, Marinov, A Verheul, Errington, Parnham, J Verheul.
On Saturday Skegness Town Reserves travel to Billinghay Athletic in the league (kick-off 2.15pm)