Hykeham Town 0
Skegness Town 3
Will Britton grabbed a hat-trick as Skegness Town completed their league double over reigning champions Hykeham Town - but victory came down to a real team performance.
In difficult windy conditions, all the visiting players put in a shift to put behind them the previous week’s Challenge Cup exit.
“I don’t like to single people out, especially when it was such a good all round performance,” said Lilywhites boss Nick Chapman.
But Britton caught the eye, taking advantage of his first start for several weeks following an ankle injury, to grab a goal treble.
Ben Davison and Liam Parker were outstanding, partnering up in the centre of defence to snuff out any threat from the home forwards.
“In two games against Hykeham we have scored six times and conceded a deflected goal,” said Chapman.
“I know we can do it, which makes this season’s inconsistency even more frustrating.”
The seasiders deservedly took the lead through Britton’s brave header, as he dived in between two defenders following a corner.
Having largely controlled things while up against the stiff breeze, Town were grateful to keeper Michael Emery for a superb save on the stroke of half time.
It was an important intervention. Had they gone in at half time on level terms the visitors would have been deflated, while their opponents’ tails would have been up.
No doubt Emery will be missed as he starts a two-game ban this week for his dismissal at Cleethorpes.
Wade Hurst was also prominent and performed well.
It was he who set up Britton for his second goal early in the second half. He slipped the ball through and Britton did the rest, outpacing the home defence to fire home.
The scoring was completed when Britton sprung the offside trap and slotted home his third at the second attempt after the home keeper had blocked his first effort.
TOWN: Emery, Warren, M. Parker, Scutt, Davison, L. Parker, Hurst, Bartlett, Britton, Rayner-Mistry, Smith, Veall, Drysdale.
On Saturday, the Lilywhites entertain East Lindsey rivals Horncastle Town at Burgh Road in the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup (KO 1.30pm).
Chapman is hoping that Miles Chamberlain will have recovered from illness, but Jamie Epton is not available and Emery is suspended.
Arron Scutt is doubtful after picking up an arm injury at Hykeham.