After three straight league defeats United welcomed back skipper Kurt Crossley from suspension for his first match of the season against Sleaford.
On 15 minutes United took the lead in this midweek match. After Arron Scutt had been brought down, O’Loughlin’s perfect free kick was superbly headed home by Jordan Walden coming in at the far post.
United increased their lead 10 minutes later when Crossley picked up the ball on the left, and cut inside, however his shot was blocked, but Ryan O’Loughlin was on hand to knock the loose ball home from close range.
With half time approaching Andy Reeson mishit a shot when well placed, and Crossley had a header from an O’Loughlin cross which was easily saved by Doran. United went into the break with a two goal lead but will have been slightly frustrated they had not killed the game off.
After United made a slow start to the second half Sleaford got themselves back into the match. On 65 minutes, following a number of free kicks awarded to Sleaford, Sam Greenwood headed home from close range past Smith.
Within two minutes United had restored the two-goal advantage when Crossley broke down the United right, and laid the ball across to Ryan O’Loughlin who side-stepped his marker and bent the ball into the far corner from 20 yards giving Doran in the home goal no chance.
With 15 minutes to go Sleaford once again got themselves back into the match. Following another free kick Walden was adjudged to have fouled Jones and a penalty was awarded to the dismay of the United players and management.
Following the award Ryan O’Loughlin was given a straight red card for something he said to the referee. From the resulting penalty Frazer Cobb fired home past Smith.
United brought on Michael Howard and Jordan Smith to replace Adam Broom and Andy Reeson for fresh legs in an attempt to see out the game and, in fairness, United had opportunities to extend their lead before the referee blew the final whistle, which meant United were back to winning ways.
Team: B Smith, Broom (Howard), Appleby, Walden, Skinner, Scutt, Reeson (J Smith), Rayner-Mistry, O’Loughlin and Crossley. Unused subs: Bartlett, Martin and Wetton.
Man of Match: Arron Scutt.