Depleted Town stunned by six goals

Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League

Hykeham Town 6 Skegness Town 1

Having already enjoyed league and cup double success over Hykeham at home, a depleted Lilywhites side was never confident of making it a creditable treble.

A succession of defensive errors cost the seasiders dearly as they were hit for six.

Without the likes of Joby Gowshall, Liam Parker, Daniel Reid, John Courtney and Michael Hardy they trailed to a solitary Steve Mehta strike at the break, after he had taken advantage of an unintentional through ball that wrong-footed the visiting defence.

The Lilywhites enjoyed an equal share of the first half possession without creating any clear cut chances.

At the other end, the Skegness goal escaped a number of scares, produced more by shocking defending than penetrating moves by the home side.

This then continued after the interval and Mark Newman doubled the lead early in the second half.

Ben Drysdale headed another close range header from Glen Holbrook off the line but the home side made it 3-0 shortly afterwards through Mehta, who completed his hat-trick before the hour was up.

Mark Newman made it 5-0 before a harsh penalty decision awarded for an infringement on substitute James Bland, allowed skipper Ben Davison to reduce arrears from the spot.

The five-goal advantage was restored with five minutes left with another close range header from James Cooper.

It was a poor display by the seasiders, just seven days before their Supplementary Cup quarter-final against neighbours Skegness United.

One bright note for the Lilywhites was the return to the side of Damian Howland after a long lay-off.

Skegness Town - Liam Gibson, Jake Akers, Ben Drysdale, Andy Parish, Macauley Parker, Jason Callaby, Andy Reeson, Damian Howland, Liam Papworth, Ben Davison, Aaron Liles, James Bland.