CGB Humbertherm 1, Skegness United 2 (after extra time)

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The match kicked off on a perfect afternoon for football, and the first chance fell to the home side after just eight minutes when Ben Smith had to save with his legs a shot from Dan Trot for a corner.

After this United came more into the game and began to control the midfield, but without causing any problems for home keeper Dan Harrison.

On 18 minutes United had their first chance of the game. Kurt Crossley eluded a challenge on the right and when his cross came over Luke Rayner-Mistry miss-hit his shot in front of goal, and the ball was cleared for a corner

United threatened again soon afterwards when Corey Cunliffe found Crossley, whose cross found Adam Broom, however his shot lacked power and was easily saved by Harrison.

After 30 minutes United took the lead following a free kick. Interplay between Broom and Andy Reeson resulted in a ball over the home defence for Kurt Crossley to run onto and he chipped his shot over Harrison as he came of his line.

United almost doubled their lead when they won a free kick, and from this Andy Appleby had his shot cleared off the line for a corner.

The game went to the visitors’ end, and Ben Smith came off his line to gather a through ball, which on the greasy surface slipped from his grasp.

A home forward following up had a clear shot at goal, but Jordan Walden raced back and cleared for a corner.

United had a chance on 59 minutes when Luke Rayner-Mistry had a free header on goal, however placed it wide of the target.

And Humbertherm drew level on 60 minutes when, from a long throw-in Craig Osborne knocked the ball home from close range at the near post.

For the next 10 minutes the game revolved around the midfield until Crossley received the ball in the home area, and hit the post with his shot.

Three minutes later Reeson hit the bar with a shot from outside the area, and the ball was cleared for a corner.

Crossley had another chance to win the match when he picked up a long ball in the home area, beat two men, but before he could get a clean strike on goal his shot was blocked.

United had three shots in quick time blocked in the home side’s area, while Humbertherm also went back to the other end and had a shot which was just over the bar.

The game moved into extra time, and it was United who went in front for the second time. A long ball down the left found Rayner-Mistry, and as he moved into the penalty area it was clipped by a home defender.

From the resulting penalty Kurt Crossley sent Harrison the wrong way.

The game went from end-to-end in the final stages but it was United who secured the win. They will now travel to Grimsby Borough in the second roun.

Assistant Manger, Jason Smith, said: “With missing so many players in which was going to a very difficult match, I can feel proud of the effort given by all the players to ensure the victory.”

Team: Ben Smith, Josh Bartlett, Nathan Wetton, Jordan Walden, Andy Appleby, Corey Cunliffe (Tom Pickett), Andy Reeson, Adam Broom (Michael Forman), Luke Rayner-Mistry, Jordan Smith and Kurt Crossley.

Man of Match: Ben Smith

This Saturday United take on Skegness Town at Wainfleet Road in a 3pm kick-off.

Proceeds from the match programmes, food sales and a raffle at Churchills bar after the match will go towards the Ryan Smith Foundation.