Sills and Betteridge
Supplementary Cup - Group B
Skegness Town 4
Slow starting Skegness Town had to come from behind to open their Supplementary Cup account on Saturday.
Indeed, their one-goal deficit could have been twice as bad had the Nettles converted a penalty kick in the last minute of the first half.
But James Green’s spot kick hit the foot of the post and spun to safety.
Eleven minutes earlier Thomas Moore had pounced on a rare James Lambley error to put the visitors in front, arguably against the run of play, and the Lilywhites were in danger of suffering their first defeat of the season.
Town had dominated possession but couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Will Britton brought out a sharp save from stand-in keeper Jonathan Drabble and Andy Parish headed a left wing corner over the bar.
McCauley Parker’s 15th minute shot fizzed a yard wide of the target.
The Lilywhites fell behind in the 34th minute after Ben Drysdale was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in front of the Skegness dug-out.
The free kick was swung into the danger area and Lambley came to claim.
Uncharacteristically the ball slipped through his fingers and dropped for Moore to hook home from close range.
Two minutes later the unmarked Steve White volleyed goalwards and Parish had to clear off the line.
At the other end Josh Bartlett met Parker’s cross, but volleyed just wide at the far post and Drabble easily gathered stand-in skipper Miles Chamberlain’s header.
With the first half drawing to a close Nettleham were gifted a golden opportunity to double their lead when Parish was adjudged to have fouled Moore as he pulled the trigger inside the box.
Nettleham skipper Green was the man to take the responsibility, but he crashed the penalty against the post and the chance was gone.
Town came out for the second half with a much higher tempo.
And only three minutes after the break they were level, Britton curling a delightful shot beyond Drabble from the edge of the area.
Four minutes later Daniel Reid burst clear of the Nettles defence and went on to slot home his second goal of the season.
Midway through the half Britton added his second with a powerful finish.
Miles Chamberlain wrapped things up when he nodded home the rebound after Parish’s shot had been parried into his path by goalkeeper Drabble.
Although slow to reach their full potential in this fixture, the home side deservedly earned their first Group B points after raising their game.
The top two of each group will progress to the quarter-finals.
Skegness Town: James Lambley, Ashley Murrell, Ben Drysdale, Michael Hardy, Miles Chamberlain, Andy Parish, Josh Bartlett, Keiron Elliott, Will Britton, Daniel Reid, McCauley Parker, Joby Gowshall, Liam Papworth, Matt Veall.
Nettleham: Jonathan Drabble, Steve White, Luke Smith, James Green, Leigh Warman, Matthew Milinkovic, Jonjo McGovern, Carl Newberry, Jason Barratt, James Cairns, Tom Moore, Ryan Allen, Justin French.