KEEN to build on their unbeaten start to the Sills and Betteridge league season, Skegness United played hosts to Lincoln United Reserves at Wainfleet Road on Saturday.
With a somewhat makeshift squad due to the bank holiday work commitments, manager Mark Hallam demanded a performance of “workrate and passion” from the United boys.
The first half began well for United with some great passing and movement which the away team struggled to cope with.
Kurt Crossley was his usual, hard working self and on 11 minutes he opened the scoring after Ross Muirhead put him in on goal.
Continual United pressure was rewarded on 17 minutes when Luke Rayner-Mistry topped off a sublime individual run with a well-placed shot in the corner of the goal.
Having picked up the ball on the left touchline, he cut inside and danced past four defenders before firing back across goal into the far corner for a picture-book goal.
Skegness continued to pass and move and had the Lincoln side camped into their own half when they were suddenly hit with a sucker punch.
On 32 minutes a tame free-kick given away by Hallam 30 yards from goal was looped over stand-in goalkeeper Michael Howard’s head by Lincoln player Coulson to halve the defecit going into half time.
United started the second half the way they began the first – passionate and strong. O’Loughlin had a looping free-kick scrambled away by the Lincoln defence on 47 minutes.
The game took a nasty turn on the 60 minute mark when Drysdale was shown a red card for a second bookable offence. The first was a mistimed tackle on the left wing, and the second followed three minutes later when the referee adjudged Drysdale to have retaliated to a Lincoln foul by elbowing the player.
Just as the game was looking to be heading for a 2-1 win, Crossley took full advantage of a defensive error by the Lincoln centre-backs to run from the centre circle and dribble past two players, before lofting the ball over the Lincoln goalkeeper to great congratulations from the entire Skegness team.
With the victory sealed, United could squeeze another goal in with substitute Walker playing the ball through for O’Loughlin to cap off another great performance with a placed shot in the bottom left of the goal.
Man of the Match: Kurt Crossley
Squad: Howard, Drysdale, McGuigan, Walden, Muirhead, Rayner-Mistry (Walker), Nicholls (Sleight), Stainton (Chamberlain), Hallam, Crossley, O’Loughlin.
Match Sponsor: New Era Gym
Match Ball Sponsor: Bateman’s Brewery.