Skegness Town 2
Market Rasen Town 3
Ten man Town were tripped up by bottom-of-the-table Market Rasen at Burgh Road.
The seasiders had knocked Rasen out of the Challenge Cup earlier in the month, but they were made to pay for a lacklustre display when the two sides battled it out for Lincolnshire League points.
Falling behind after 15 minutes didn’t help, but when Liam Parker headed them level just before the break the home faithful looked forward to the second half with optimism.
However, disaster struck in the 51st minute when Jamie Epton used his hand to block a goalbound effort on the line.
The referee had no option but to dismiss the Skegness full back and the seasiders never recovered after the penalty was converted.
George Asplin had a glorious chance for Rasen early on but lofted his effort over.
This seemed to spark the seasiders into action and Will Britton stung Will Bradford’s fingers with a shot before Jordan Smith went close. McCauley Parker’s left-footed effort was well blocked and Bradford did well to deny Kurt Crossley another half chance.
First blood was drawn by the visitors as a corner led to Asplin side-footing home from the edge of the area.
A game of pinball in the Rasen area saw three efforts blocked before, from the resultant corner, Liam Parker headed the seasiders level.
Will Britton brought out another excellent save from Bradford early in the second half, but the game changed with Epton’s misdemeanour.
McCauley Parker appeared to have levelled things with a point blank shot, but Bradford pulled off a tremendous one-handed save.
It was 3-1 with 22 minutes to go as George Burke’s diving header found the net.
Six minutes from the end Wade Hurst fired home to give the seasiders hope, but it was too little too late.
TOWN: Bentley, Bartlett, Epton, Scutt, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Smith, Davison, Britton, Crossley, M. Parker, Hurst, Rayner-Mistry, Veall, Warren, Drysdale.
On Saturday Skegness host Ruston Sports in the Supplementary Cup (KO 2pm).