Sleaford Town Reserves 0
Skegness Town 7
Skegness Town have to avoid defeat in their final league game of the season to clinch the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League title.
Fittingly, the big game is scheduled for Wednesday against the only side that can mathematically stop the Lilywhites securing their second title in three years, and their fourth in the last ten seasons.
It has all been set up by this convincing win against Sleaford Town’s second string, one of only three sides to have beaten them in the league this season.
Rivals of the seasiders would have been hoping for a repeat of the 4-1 drubbing the Sleaford boys handed out to the Lilywhites at Burgh Road.
But within three minutes of the kick-off at Eslaforde Park, Will Britton had settled their nerves with his 21st of the season.
Two minutes later the visitors were firmly in the driving seat after Luke Rayner-Mistry’s goal, and after 12 minutes it looked like game over as Ben Davison scored his first of the afternoon.
Miles Chamberlain made it 4-0 as the home side struggled to repel the tide.
The seasiders struck their fifth, just four minutes before the interval, through Davison.
Despite turning round at the break in such a commanding position, the league leaders continued to press, but Warren Courtney fired over when well-placed and Britton and Wade Hurst had effort blocked by some desperate defending.
With the wind on their backs during the second half Sleaford did manage to mount the odd attack, but visiting keeper James Lambley was rarely troubled.
At the other end Matt Veall wasted a good opportunity to add to the seasiders’ tally before Britton’s 75th minute tap-in put him within one goal of the league’s top marksman Simon Mowbray.
With less than two minutes to go midfielder Arron Scutt capped a great performance by wrapping things up with his second goal of the season.
Skegness boss Nick Chapman enthused about the performance.
“That first half was the best we have played all season,” he said.
This was the Lilywhites’ sixth clean sheet in the last seven games and served to further improve their goal difference.
The win secured them a top two finish.
Whether that is as champions remains to be seen and will depend on how they perform tonight against Wyberton, where a large crowd is expected.
Not only is it a potential championship decider, but it is the last game to be played at Burgh Road before the club move their home to Wainfleet Road.
TOWN: Lambley, Warren, Epton, Scutt, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Hurst, Davison, Britton, Rayner-Mistry, M. Parker, Veall, J Smith, Parish.