Cleethorpes Town DS 0
Skegness Town 3
Skegness Town boosted their league title hopes when they overcame bogey side Cleethorpes Town Development Squad at the Linden Homes ground.
The Cleethorpes side had already held the Lilywhites to a draw at Burgh Road in August and followed this three months later by knocking them out of the Challenge Cup.
So Nick Chapman’s men were never going to take this Easter Saturday fixture lightly.
The visitors travelled without Courtney Warren, Luke Rayner-Mistry and Jordan Smith, but Wade Hurst, Andy Parish and Matt Veall returned to the starting 11.
It was Parish’s first start for seven months.
They kicked into a strong wind in the first half and they had goalkeeper James Lambley to thank for a couple of excellent reaction saves to keep the scores level at the break.
“We were happy to be turning round on level terms, but we needed to score early in the second half,” said Lilywhites boss Chapman.
And that’s exactly what they did.
Indeed Ben Davison found the bottom corner of the net with a shot from the edge of the area in the 48th minute.
Davison also assisted with goal number two, heading a corner against a post, which Liam Parker was quickest to react to.
Parker headed the rebound home to double the advantage.
The third goal came direct from a McCauley Parker corner, which the home keeper failed to deal with.
“It was always going to be tough in those conditions,” said Chapman.
“But our quality shone through in the end. It was a solid performance.”
Despite the result, and the defeat suffered by title rivals Hykeham Town, Chapman is refusing to get carried away.
“We have still got a number of big games left and we will keep taking each one as it comes,” he said.
The next one on the list is a trip to The Hawthorns, home of Brigg Town Reserves on Saturday.
Brigg, who were beaten 5-1 at Burgh Road in December, have league wins over high-flying Wyberton and Hykeham to their name this season.
Ben Drysdale is not available for the Brigg trip and there are doubts about the availability of Warren and Rayner-Mistry.
Josh Bartlett is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness.
TOWN: Lambley, Parish, Epton, Scutt, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Hurst, Davison, Britton, Veall, M. Parker, Drysdale.
P W D L GD Pts
Sleaford Town Res 17 12 1 4 26 37
Skegness Town 15 11 2 2 40 35
Wyberton 15 10 2 3 29 32
Hykeham Town 15 10 0 5 22 30
Lincoln Railway 19 9 3 7 -3 30
Brigg Town Res 19 8 3 8 -5 27
Horncastle Town 19 6 5 8 -17 23
Cleethorpes D.S. 15 6 4 5 4 22
Skegness United 17 5 3 9 -12 18
CGB Humbertherm 14 4 3 7 -6 15
Market Rasen Town 19 3 2 14 -36 11
Ruston Sports 18 2 2 14 -42 8