Skegness Town lose 7-0 away to Boston United Reserves

Boston United Reserves 7 Skegness Town 0

And they added six first teamers to the squad to compound what was always going to be a difficult night for the seasiders.

Ex-Forest man Jason Lee, now manager of the Blue Square League side, started for the Pilgrims, along with James Cullingworth, Shane Clarke, Stef Frost, Daniel Davidson and Marc Newsham.

It meant that regular Lincs Leaguers had to watch from the bench or the stand, but it gave Lee a chance to make sure key players were kept sharp as they push for the play-offs.

Despite the high profile line-up, it was Michael Stones who stood out by scoring four times in front of a healthy York Street crowd.

His first came in the tenth minute when he headed home Frost’s cross from the right.

Ten minutes it was 2-0 when a disputed free kick from the right caused panic in the visiting defence and Stones forced home the loose ball.

There was more than a suspicion of offside attached to Stones’s third in the 26th minute. Both he and a teammate appeared to be at least two yards off when the ball was flicked through to them.

But there was no disputing the fourth goal, scored three minutes before the break by the impressive Clarke.

Town’s best chance of the night arrived in the first minute of the second half when Liam Papworth burst through the home defence, only to be thwarted by Ricky Drury.

On the hour Stones made it 5-0 and he was denied a further goal when skipper Damian Howland cleared off the line.

Town keeper Michael Emery pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the score down to single figures, but Newsham added a sixth in the 79th minute.

Substitute Liam Ogden wrapped up the scoring for Boston with four minutes left.

Boston United Reserves: Drury, Cullingworth, M Price, Lee, Ward, Clarke, Frost, Stones, Davidson, Field, Newsham, Ogden, Rawdon, Sevilha, Price, Lovett.

Skegness Town: Emery, Needham, Neale, S Sleight, Howland, Cartwright, Veall, Lyon, Howard, J Sleight, Papworth, Elliott, Beresford, Mangnall.