Spilsby made six changes to last week’s squad; club Captain M. Ziller, J. Lyal, M. Barker, M. Twigg, T. Lonslow and K. Chappelow all returning for the Magpies against local rivals Skegness Town.
Playing on a rain sodden pitch both teams would find it tough going all afternoon with little football being able to be played. Both sides battled hard in the early part of the game trying to gain the upper hand with strong challenges coming from both sets of players.
The first chance of the game fell to Smith but his shot was hit straight at the Skegness keeper.
Spilsby had weathered the early pressure now and Lonslow and Hurst were looking to cause the home defence problems by their direct running but against the run of play Skegness broke awaybut their forwards shot went over the bar.
Spilsby responded straight away and after good link up play man of the match Turner was bought down in the box and the referee awarded Spilsby a penalty. Dan Smith stepped up and made no mistake smashing the ball home.
With ten minutes of the half remaining Spilsby should have doubled their lead, Hudson burst down the right cut inside his marker and hit a low shot that came of the post, and the rebound fell to Smith who screwed his shot wide.
Spilsby made 2 changes at half time, Chappelow and Ralf coming on for Wager and Hurst.
The second-half continued to be a battle being played in midfield, Twigg and Dales were working their socks off for Spilsby and anything that did get by them Barker and Chappelow were equal to it, with the impressive Lyal playing as sweeper.
Goal action was thin on the ground but Spilsby had the best chance of the second-half falling to Smith, with an open goal at his mercy he lost his balance at a crucial time and put his left foot shot wide.
Skegness pushed hard in the last 10 minutes for an equaliser and they had a half chance but under pressure from Twigg the forward blazed over.
Spilsby manager Edgley said he was pleased with the result, performance and a clean sheet against a good team on a difficult surface.
He added: “It’s been a tough one not having anywhere near our full-strength squad in any game and not being able to field the same starting 11 in any game either, but for the team to be third in the league at Christmas is a real credit to those lads that have played,
“I’m hoping to have a much more settled team for the second half of the season and if we do we will be more than a match for any team in this league.”
Spilsby Town;- M. Ziller (Capt), J. Lyal, D. Wager, M. Barker, R. Hudson, J. Turner (MOM), A. Dales, M. Twigg, W. Hurst, T. Lonslow, D. Smith, W. Elston, K. Chappelow, H. Ralf.