THREE goals in the last eight minutes brought Skegness Town’s dismal run of results to an end.
The seasiders battled back from a goal down to snatch the points and at the same time complete a league and cup treble over the lowly Railmen.
Grateful to be in the shelter of the North Stand, the Burgh Road faithful were warmed by a second half display of real character.
Key to the turnaround was the switch of Nick Lovelace from defence to midfield, which gave the seasiders that added bite on a pitch that became something of a quagmire late on.
“I was heartened by the character shown by the lads,” said joint manager Nick Chapman. “At last we are beginning to show a fighting spirit when we are up against it. The whole team put a shift in to turn this one round.”
Despite the conditions Town tried to play football, with Dan Tuplin linking well with Scott Trestrail and Brett Needham.
But it was at the other end that the first clear cut chance fell. With team-mates making distracting runs across the home rearguard, Colin Wilson ran on to beat Ashley Bentley with a sweetly struck left foot shot from 20 yards.
The seasiders, without Damian Howland, Mark Lovelace, Shaun Boothby, Lee Orrey, Anthony Miller and Herbie Nicholls, needed inspiration to get them back in the match.
It appeared to have arrived midway through the second half when Lewis Cartwright headed Dean Seiner’s corner goalwards. However, the ball came back from a post and when Max Foreman pounced on the rebound it was blocked on the line
Seiner’s 83rd minute corner finally bore fruit. Whipped in from the Skegness right, it dropped kindly to Cartwright just 15 yards out and the Skegness sub – on for the injured Tuplin – curled his shot into Fogarty’s top right hand corner.
Five minutes later the visitors again paid for not being able to clear their lines when Nick Lovelace grabbed possession on the edge of the box. He was caught by a defender’s trailing leg but still managed to get enough purchase on the ball to bulge Fogarty’s net in the other top corner.
Moorlands were in disarray and Veall broke down the left in the 88th minute before setting up Howard. With the goal at his mercy he unselfishly laid the ball off to Michael Gardner, whose fierce drive from point blank range was palmed away by Fogarty.
Skegness Town: Bentley, Etches, Seiner, S Trestrail, Foreman, N Lovelace, Needham, Tuplin, Howard, Gardner, Veall, Cartwright, Booth, Corssen, Clarke.
On Saturday the Lilywhites are due to play Heckington United in the semi-final of the Supplementary Cup, but the tie is subject to the outcome of an appeal lodged with the Lincolnshire FA.
The seasiders will play their final league game at home next Tuesday (May 1), when CGB Humbertherm will visit Burgh Road for a 7pm kick-off.