Skegness Town 1, Hykeham Town 2

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TWO softly conceded goals cost Skegness Town dearly as the seasiders continued their poor run of results.

Hykeham’s leading scorer Mark Newman was gifted two simple tap-ins, taking his tally for the season to 12.

But the Lilywhites continue to improve, battling against tired legs during what was their fourth outing in eight days.

They fell behind in the fourth minute when goalkeeper Ashley Bentley completely missed his clearance and Newman gratefully rolled the ball into an empty net.

Bentley, who has done well between the sticks since the departure of Michael Emery to Gainsborough Trinity, made up for his mistake with two superb diving saves to deny Glen Holbrook and Morgan Clay.

And when Shaun Boothby opened his account for his new club with a super right foot strike on 27 minutes, the home side were on the up.

Rallied on by Dan Tuplin in midfield, the seasiders were more than a match for their seventh placed opponents.

Boothby continued to impress down the right and Anthony Miller performed well at the heart of the Skegness defence in the absence of the injured Lewis Cartwright.

But they fell behind seven minutes before the interval when James Cooper’s persistence in the Skegness box set up Newman to score what proved to be the winner from a yard out.

Skegness will reflect on whether they should have stubbed out the threat from the grounded Cooper before he found Newman, but the striker deserved his bit of luck, if only for his determination.

Skegness skipper Damian Howland tried to lift his weary troops to rescue a point after the break, but they rarely troubled Lee Sizer in Hykeham’s goal.

At the other end Skegness were solid against a hungry Hykeham side, who had taken points off the top two in the Lincolnshire League in recent weeks.

Skegness Town: Bentley, S. Sleight, Vickers, R. Trestrail, Howland, Miller, Boothby, Tuplin, M. Lovelace, Gardner, Veall, L. Cartwright, Howard, Clark.

On Saturday Skegness are at home again, when Lincoln Moorlands Railway Reserves are the visitors for a 3pm kick-off.

Captions - MSKP-18-04-12 sp Town Howland - Skegness Town skipper Damian Howland (left) wins this challenge with Hykeham’s James Cooper.

MSKP-18-04-12 sp Town Skegness - Skegness Town’s Anthony Miller on the ball against Hykeham.