first win brings confidence boost

High fives as Danny Reid scores for United.
High fives as Danny Reid scores for United.

Lincolnshire League

Lincoln Railway AFC 0

Skegness United 3

Skegness United picked up their first points of the 
Lincolnshire League season - with a 3-0 victory at Lincoln Railway FC.

The hosts were in form following their midweek victory over Market Rasen, while United made a number of changes from the opening day of the season, due to availability.

The Skegness side began by taking the game to Lincoln and the first good chance of the day fell to Danny Reid, whose shot was blocked by keeper Adam Ward.

The ball then ran loose to Alex Tittcomb, but his shot hit a defender on the line.

This spurred Railway to come more into the game with Shipman and Mowbray up front looking to open up the United defence.

However, they found no way through with Ross Muirhead and Jamie Lyall standing firm in the centre of defence.

The home side came close to opening their account with a shot from outside the area which crashed against the crossbar and was cleared.

Mowbray then made himself room in the area but his shot hit the side netting.

By now the game was end-to-end and Troy Lonslow, who was causing problems to the home defenders, beat his marker and sent over a cross which was met by Arron Scutt but well saved by Ward.

Five minutes before the interval Reid was played in again, but once more Ward produced an excellent save to deny the young forward.

But a minute later United finally edged in front.

After some clever play, United were awarded a penalty for a foul on Harry Ginniff, Jake Portas sending Ward the wrong way.

There was still time for another goal before the break, Reid getting his name on the scoresheet following further pressure.

Reid again went one-on-one with the keeper, but as Ward could only parry the strike, the young Skegness striker was on hand to finish at the second attempt.

After the break the contest continued being played from end-to-end.

Kyle Howitt saw an effort blocked in the six yard box while Railway was a goalbound shot diverted away for a corner.

The home side were always looking to get back into the game but could not penetrate the United defence, with Josh Clarke adding protection in front.

Back came Skegness, with Ginniff shooting wide and Scutt bringing a good save out of Ward.

Tomm Pickett then shot wide with a follow-up while Lincoln had their best chance of the match when Mowbray had a clear run on goal but put his shot high over the bar.

In the final minute United made it 3-0 when Jordan Turner played a ball over the Lincoln defence for Pickett to run onto. He got the better of Ward before slotting into the unguarded net.

Manager Gary Edgley said: “I think after last week’s result many people that weren’t at the game would have seen the result and thought that United would struggle this season, but I have put a lot of faith in the young players I have bought to the club and they are the future for us.

“Saturday’s performance was very good and you could see the confidence the players have in themselves and in each other is growing.”

UNITED: T. Portas, J. Portas, Howitt, Lyall, Muirhead, Clarke, Scutt, Ginniff (Turner), Tittcomb(Pickett), Reid, Lonslow (Wolstenholme).

Man of the match: Troy Lonslow.