Town boss vows to make changes

Michael Emery.
Michael Emery.

Challenge Cup

Cleethorpes Town Development Squad 1

Skegness Town 0

Skegness Town boss Nick Chapman has vowed to make changes for this weekend’s trip to champions Hykeham Town after his side were dumped out of the Lincolnshire League Challenge Cup.

“Our inconsistency is driving me mad,” said a disappointed Lilywhites gaffer.

“Too many of our players just didn’t turn up. They didn’t work hard enough and we got what we deserved.”

So changes are expected for the return Hykeham fixture - ironically two weeks after the seasiders’ best showing of the season resulted in a 3-1 success against the champions.

The Skegness manager is counting on a reaction from the defeat at Cleethorpes, who earlier this season fought back to hold the Lilywhites to a draw in the league.

“We will dust ourselves down and be ready for Hykeham on Saturday,” he vowed.

Chapman’s frustration at Cleethorpes was compounded by the late dismissal of goalkeeper Michael Emery, allegedly for something he said to a referee’s assistant.

“It was hard to take any positives from the game,” said Chapman.

Indeed the visitors controlled the game for the first 20 minutes, but were rocked back on their heels by a worldly strike from Luke Beecham, his second goal from just two starts this season.

After the break they were outfought by the home side and chances that fell to Ben Davison, Josh Bartlett and Luke Rayner-Mistry came and went.

Emery saved with his legs to stop Cleethorpes doubling their lead, but it was an all round poor performance from the Lilywhites.

Jamie Epton took over between the sticks for the last six minutes after the keeper was sent off.

Arron Scutt picked up an injury, but he remains the only doubt going into Saturday’s match at Hykeham.

TOWN: Emery, Warren, Epton, Scutt, Chamberlain, L. Parker, Hurst, Davison, Bartlett, Rayner-Mistry, M. Parker, Smith, Britton, Veall.