Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League: Nettleham 1 Skegness Town 2
Skegness Town completed a league and cup quadruple with victory over Nettleham, writes Nigel West.
With two Supplementary Cup successes and a 2-1 league win against the Nettles at Burgh Road already in the bag, the Lilywhites would have held the psychological advantage going into this fixture.
Confidence would also have been high after their excellent showing to secure three league points at Louth Town Reserves in midweek.
It wasn’t exactly convincing at Nettleham, as the seasiders showed signs of a hangover from the Louth trip, but they did just enough to claim the three points and continue to put pressure on league leaders Horncastle Town and title rivals Hykeham Town.
Nettleham are bound to feel a little disappointed after getting off to a good start against the seasiders.
Indeed, they had the better of the early exchanges only to fall behind to a 13th minute super strike from Will Britton.
The visiting centre forward let fly from 30 yards and stood back to watch his shot bulge the net beyond the despairing dive of home keeper Chris Hodson.
Having just about recovered from this setback, they were dealt a further blow in the 19th minute when Ben Davison steered a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Instead of pressing on to add more to their tally, the visitors took their foot off the gas and allowed the villagers back into the game.
The Nettles reduced arrears with five minutes of the first half remaining. Keiron Elliott gave the ball away on the half way line and Jason Barratt took full advantage, running at the Skegness defence before curling home a left foot shot from 20 yards.
It was a poor second half, not just because there were no goals added.
Town’s best efforts on goal during the second period were from set pieces. Miles Chamberlain rattled the cross bar with a free kick and the play then switched to the other end, where Stewart Aisthorpe’s shot grazed the top of the bar.
In the later stages of the game Skegness had a narrow escape when Jonathan Drabble stole in behind the visiting defenders and glanced a header inches wide. They breathed a sigh of relief and hung on to see out the final minutes.
Skegness Town: Harry Ashton, Ashley Murrell, Liam Parker, Keiron Elliott, Miles Chamberlain, Andy Parish, Liam Papworth, Ben Davison, Will Britton, Michael Hardy, McCauley Parker, Daniel Reid, Jamie Epton.