Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League
Skegness Town 0 Heckington United 4
Skegness Town joint boss Gary Edgley is convinced that this poor display was merely a blip after a faultless November.
His side had been labelled the team of the month, but this dismal performance gifted lowly Heckington three points.
The early Christmas present lifted Heckington out of the bottom two and saw Town slip to fourth in the table.
But Edgley remains upbeat.
“This was the worst result we have had since we took over,” he said.
“The players know they let us, the club, the supporters and themselves down. I really didn’t see that result coming after dominating the first half like we did.”
However, he expects his team to bounce back.
“I think this was just a blip after the way we have been playing lately. We are a good team and I am sure the lads will put things right over the next couple of weeks.”
They will need to step things up if they are to prove Edgley right. After a two-week lay-off, they looked sluggish and disjointed against a strong and organised Heckington outfit.
The visitors’ keeper Ben Jackson denied them a breakthrough in the first half and shortly after the break Michael Musson headed United in front.
Thomas Robinson doubled the lead minutes later and Town were reeling.
Frustration crept in and referee Dean Myhill dished out yellow cards to Troy Lonslow and Ben Davison for rash challenges.
Heckington full back Carl Sedlan followed them into the book for a foul on Lonslow.
The visitors weathered the storm and with 15 minutes left they increased their lead with Musson’s penalty kick.
Thomas Robinson grabbed his second of the day to complete the scoring late in the game.
Skegness Town - Craig Parry, Ben Drysdale, Andy Parish, Jake Akers, Joby Gowshall, Liam Parker, Andy Reeson, John Courtney, Macauley Parker, Ben Davison, Troy Lonslow, Daniel Reid, Antony Miller.
Heckington United - Ben Jackson, Carl Sedlan, Edgar Shores, Oliver Sydney, Carl Wilson, Alan Forwood, Jason Sedlan, Edward Robinson, Michael Musson, Thomas Robinson, Sam Greenwood, Andrew Collin, Harry Kirwan.
The seasiders will have to pick themselves up as they prepare for the visit of Grimsby side All Star Panthers in the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup. Saturday’s cup tie will kick-off at 1.30pm.