Bennington 4, Skegness Town Reserves 2

Skegness Town welcomed back influential defender Damian Howland after a six month layoff. All at the club wish him well for the rest of the season.

They also handed Jamie Epton and manager Scott Daley their first appearance of the season.

Town made the worst possible start to this Boston League Premier Division clash, conceding a penalty within two minutes. The Bennington striker made no mistake from the spot.

The seasiders picked themselves up and started to create some chances. Daley had the best opportunity but his shot sailed into the keepers arms when well placed.

Both teams looked to play their football on an awful surface and some brilliant clinical passing saw Bennington increase their lead on the half hour.

The away team came out the changing room for the second half with some fighting spirit. Verheul, Parnham and Errington had chances to get town back into the game, but within a minute of Errington’s missed opportunity Bennington increased their lead. A speculative shot/cross from 35 yards sailed into the top corner of the net, giving Bennington a three-goal cushion.

To Town’s credit their heads did not drop and they continued to press forward. Sub Michael Marinov caused problems with his pace and he scored a brace within ten minutes to pull Skegness back into the game.

A frantic last ten minutes of the match saw Town on the offensive pressing for an equaliser, but they were hit on the counter-attack with Bennington’s fourth in the 90th minute.

Man of the match: John Jeffery.

After the game player/manager Daley said: “It must be so hard for the lads to play in a team that has a change in personnel every week. Players sometimes have to play out of position, so overall they have done well this season. They play some good football at times, but let themselves down by switching off on the odd occasion.

“We have two cup fixtures coming up so I am looking to progress in both cup competitions.”

Indeed, Skegness Town Reserves are at home to Park United in the Willoughby Cup on Saturday (kick-off 1.30pm).