Lilywhites toast triple triumph to book quarter-final spot

Dane Harper scored the winning goal for Skegness.
Dane Harper scored the winning goal for Skegness.

Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League Supplementary Cup

Market Rasen Town 1

Skegness Town 2

THE Lilywhites completed a league and cup treble over Market Rasen Town when they knocked them out of the Supplementary Cup at Rase Park.

Following on from two league victories, the win earns them a quarter-final tie at Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves on March 3, seven days before they are due to travel to the Railmen for their league fixture.

The seasiders journeyed to Rasen with a relatively inexperienced substitutes’ bench and all three youngsters were called upon to help them over the line after a series of injuries.

First Adam Broome had to be replaced by teenager Herbie Nicholls just before the break. Immediately after the restart Craig Booth joined the action in place of the injured Michael Gardner, followed a minute later by 17-year-old Craig Rawlinson, who stood in for the injured Dane Harper.

By then the scoring had been completed, but there was still much work to be done and the three subs acquitted themselves well against an ill-disciplined home side.

The Lilywhites also had young keeper Ashley Bentley to thank for standing in for Michael Emery, who joined Gainsborough Trinity in midweek, to provide goalkeeper cover from the bench.

But star man for the visitors was Damian Howland, who produced a true captain’s performance to see the seasiders home.

Skegness took the lead in the 14th minute when Gardner released Liam Papworth, who coolly rounded William Bradford in the home goal before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Rasen equalised after 35 minutes when Nathan Smith capitalised on a mix-up in the visiting defence to nip in and level the scores.

The winner came five minutes before the interval. The influential Harper was fouled about 30 yards out and when Gardner floated the free kick into the danger area it was Harper who got the last touch before the ball fell over the line.

The seasiders now face a race against time to get key players fit for Saturday’s Lincs Junior Cup tie against Horncastle Town (kick-off 1.30pm).

With a place in the last eight at stake, Skegness, face anxious waits over the fitness of Papworth, Harper, Broome and Gardner.

Having already lost the services of keeper Emery, the Lilywhites may well be forced to field a totally different side to the one that took three points from Horncastle at The Wong earlier this month.

l Skegness Town Reserves came back from a goal down to beat Freiston 2-1 in the Boston League Premier Division on Saturday. Scorers were Sam Sleight and Josh Whittam.

This Saturday the Reserves travel to Swineshead Institute in the Premier Division.

Results: Wednesday, November 23 – Louth Town Reserves 2 Market Rasen Town 3; Saturday, November 26 – Cleethorpes Town 3 Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves 0; Hykeham Town 3 Horncastle Town 0; Swineshead Institute 3 Sleaford Town Reserves 1; Grimsby Borough Reserves 0 Ruston Sports 2.

Supplementary Cup – Heckington United 3 CGB Humbertherm 1; Lincoln United Reserves 2 Skegness United 3; Market Rasen Town 1 Skegness Town 2; Nettleham 6 Louth Town Reserves 0.