Skegness FC reach the Junior Cup final

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SKEGNESS FC travelled away to Fulstow in the semi-final of the Junior Cup, looking to reach their second final.

With leading scorers Liles and Reid missing and defenders Akers, Richardson and Lyal unavailable this was going to be a tough test.

Skegness started the brighter of the two teams with Courtney and Lonslow both firing wide.

The first goal came after 20 minutes when Fairburn’s half volley was too hot to handle for the Fulstow keeper. Fulstow started to push forward putting the defence under pressure but the back four stood firm and when Fulstow did break through Soloman pulled off two fine saves.

The second half started like the first with Skegness the better of the two teams.

The pace of Lonslow, Fairburn and man of the match Courtney gave the home defence all sorts of problems and after another foul on Courtney Skegness were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box.

Critchlow’s free kick was deflected in to give Skegness a two goal lead.

With 25 minutes left, Skegness looked comfortable but an uncharacteristic mix up in the Skegness defence gifted Fulstow a goal and a life line, which was followed just five minutes later when Fulstow scored their second from a corner to level the match.

With 10 minutes left and the likelihood of extra time looming Skegness had other ideas.

Courtney danced by three defenders before pulling the ball back across goal, to meet Lonslow who controlled it and laid it off to Hardy who smashed home the winner.

There was time for one last attack by Fulstow, in which their forward aimed for the top corner, but Soloman diving to his left turned it round the post to give battling Skegness FC a deserved win and another cup final to look forward to.

Saturday’s cup victory against Fulstow followed an emphatic 4-0 win on Wednesday over local rivals Chapel Swifts in the league, in which Reid, Critchlow, Courtney and Liles all scored.