Charity shield contest decided by penalties

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(Skegness FC won 5-4 on penalties)

SKEGNESS FC played local team Skegness WMC in the Mow Dales charity shield at Wainfleet Road.

The home side were given a big scare as WMC went 2–0 up inside the opening 10 minutes.

Skegness FC were playing in front of their new sponsor, Jonathon Ling, who must have thought he was watching the wrong team, after this awful start.

The WMC were by far the better team in the first 20 minutes, putting the home defence under pressure, but gradually Skegness FC got a foothold in the game and started to get on top.

A Lonslow cross was met by Russell, who flashed his shot wide, before Liles hit the bar with a header and Reid had an effort turned round the post.

With 35 minutes gone, Skegness FC finally got their breakthrough, when Liles hit a shot that was deflected, and Reid was on hand to react the quickest to get his first of the game.

The second half saw Skegness FC make two early changes – English and Fairburn coming on for the hard working pair Hardy and Russell.

Skegness FC continued to push forward and, after missing numerous chances, Reid finally got the equaliser.

With 15 minutes to go, Skegness FC went in front, when man of the match Critchlow bent one into the top corner.

With the game petering out, the WMC had one final chance with a corner, after Akers headed the ball clear.

It fell to Errington on the edge of the area, who smashed home an unstoppable shot to send the game into extra time.

During extra time, the only clear chance fell to Reid, who put his shot wide after good work by English.

So to penalties it went, with both teams scoring their first four spot kicks.

Fairburn gave Skegness FC a 5-4 lead, so the pressure was on Sleight to score the WMC’s fifth goal, but to the delight of the Skegness FC players he put his penalty wide.

Skegness FC: D Simpson, R Murhead, J Akers, K Minor (capt), V Bee, M Hardy, J Critchlow, A Russell, T Lonslow, D Reid, A Liles, M English, M Richardson, J Fairburn.