It’s a record! Skegness United hit 11 at Ludford

Alex Kendrick was amongst the goals for United. Photo: Stephen Willmer.,
Alex Kendrick was amongst the goals for United. Photo: Stephen Willmer.,

East Lincs Football Combination Division Two

Ludford Rovers 2

Skegness United 11

Skegness United hit double figures at Ludford Rovers - their highest score since forming in 2011.

Ryan O’Loughlin, Rhys Mansell and Conor Cause returned to the starting line-up.

The pitch was in perfect condition, although the strong wind which helped the home side in the first half would have some say in the match.

The home side started the more positive and, after five minutes, they won a corner, John Elston heading just over the bar.

United had a great chance to open the scoring when Keaton Grainger was played through, but home keeper Adam Baxter made a good save.

The ball was not cleared by the home defence and Ryan O’Loughlin picked up the loose ball but fired wide.

On 16 minutes after a period of United pressure they took the lead when Alex Kendrick broke down the left and played the ball over to O’Loughlin, who returned the ball into the area for Rhys Mansell to side-foot home from close range.

Two minutes later Kendrick again broke away and, when his cross came in, a couple of shots were blocked before O’Loughlin knocked the ball home from 10 yards.

United were now in control and Jonny Hodson went close with a header from an O’Loughlin corner.

Ludford were relying on long balls for Jordan Kay to run onto, however the majority only went direct through to Conor Cause in the visitors’ goal.

On 25 minutes Grainger was played through and, as Baxter came off his line, he was chipped, only for the ball to hit the bar and rebound back into the arms of the keeper.

Two minutes later it was three when Kendrick was played through and he calmly placed his shot past Baxter.

At this stage United were causing major problems to the home defence down both flanks with Kendrick, Mansell and Jack Minor on the left, and O’Loughlin and Jamie Lyall down the right.

Alex Simpson and Jack Ashwell were strong in the heart of the defence.

On 32 minutes United went four up when a charging run by Hodson resulted in the ball finding Kendrick, who beat his marker and placed his shot across Baxter.

Two minutes later a good run down the right by O’Loughlin and Lyall resulted in a pass to Karl Minor, whose shot flew just over the bar.

On the stroke of half time Ludford pulled a goal back when a misplaced pass in the United defence sent Jordan Kay away and he placed his shot over Cause into the far corner of the net.

The second half started as the first had ended with a goal.

Within a minute of the re0start United went five up with Kendrick getting his hat-trick.

Within a minute the home side scored their second when United loss the ball in midfield and Kay went on to place his shot pass Cause.

United went on to score another six goals without reply via Kendrick to take his total to four.

O’Loughlin completed his own hat trick with a couple more.

Further goals came from Jonny Hodson, from the spot, and Grainger.

Jack Bradley came on as a substitute scored within a couple of minutes when he calmly beat Baxter.

It was excellent all round team performance with all the players making a contribution in the victory.

UNITED: Cause, Lyall, J. Minor (Read), K. Minor, Ashwell, Simpson, Kendrick, Hodson (Sleight), Grainger, O’Loughlin, Mansell (Bradley).

On Saturday United host Mablethorpe Reserves at Skegness Grammar School (KO 2.30pm).