United’s revenge in the battle of the Skegnesses

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Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire league

Skegness United 5

Skegness Town 0

FIVE star Skegness United avenged their challenge cup exit to their local rivals in this, the third instalment of the United v Town derby.

Skegness United maintained their 100 per cent home record in emphatic style with a 5-0 win.

Town’s boss Barry Kilmore introduced three new signings, James Lambley in goal, Sam Towell at full back, and Dane Harper in midfield.

This did not seem to affect the United players as they took control of the game very early on, taking the lead in the ninth minute when the ball broke to Crossley just inside the box who fired home.

United nearly went two up on 20 minutes when Crossley beat four men on a mesmerising run into the Town area, but a last ditch tackle averted the danger.

United adjusted to the windy conditions better than Town, trying to pass the ball on the ground rather than resort to long hopeful balls that were starving Town’s lone striker Lee Orrey of any real service.

United’s second goal arrived after 35 minutes, when Andi Reeson won the ball in midfield and played it out to Crossley on the right.

The in-form striker danced past two Town defenders before putting in a great cross for the prolific Paul Watts to head past Lambley.

United were on a roll and within three minutes, goal number three was on the scoreboard when Arron Scutt scored from close range after good play from Ben Davison.

With United cruising, Town must have been relieved to hear the half time whistle.

Town had a strong chance to reduce the deficit just four minutes into the second-half when Broome found himself in the clear. But he shot high and wide for arguably Town’s best chance of the game.

United scored number four on 60 minutes with an early goal of the season contender.

Lambley failed to get a clean punch on the ball, and it fell to Kurt Crossley on the edge of the area. With his back to goal he audaciously attempted an overhead kick that looped over the stranded Lambley for a stunning goal.

It was his 12th goal in only nine games and capped another man of the match performance.

By now United were completely dominating a dispirited Town side, and the fifth goal duly arrived on 85 minutes, when Reeson broke free on the right and his shot was saved by Lambley. However, Watts was first to react and he scored his 13th of the season.

Late substitute Kyle McGuigan had a great chance to make it six in the dying minutes, but Lambley made a good save to avoid further Town embarrassment.

The final whistle blew and United were emphatic winners, climbing back to second in the league table.

Skegness United: Margarson, Stevens, Drysdale, Walden, Gowshall (Courtney), Hyland, Davison, Reeson (McGuigan), Scutt (A Hallam), Watts, Crossley; subs not used, Bartlett, Harris.

Skegness Town: Lambley, Towell, Booth, Harper, Thompson, Howland, Cobb, Broome, Orrey, Nicholls, Papworth, T Dickinson.

On Saturday, Skegness Town will be in county cup action when they travel to Harrowby Athletic in the third round of the Lincolnshire FA junior cup.

n SKEGNESS Town Reserves, who lost 1-0 at home to Old Leake in the Boston premier league last weekend, will be at home again on Saturday, when Pointon travel to Burgh Road for a 2.15pm kick-off.