Town earn well-deserved home point

Ashley Murrell, who gave the Lilywhites the lead against Hykeham. EMN-140809-123319001
Ashley Murrell, who gave the Lilywhites the lead against Hykeham. EMN-140809-123319001

Sills and Betteridge

Lincolnshire League

Skegness Town 1

Hykeham Town 1

After sharing the spoils with a side that beat them twice last season, the Lilywhites could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief with this point.

But the seasiders know they had their chances to clinch victory over last season’s runners-up and continue their faultless start to the new campaign.

They will be reflecting, not only on a first half penalty miss, but some first class goalkeeping by the visitors’ custodian.

He produced four superb saves during the second half to earn Hykeham a point as the Lilywhites pummelled the visitors’ goal.

“How he managed to push that Will Britton effort against a post I will never know,” said Lilywhites boss Nick Chapman, after the game. “He really did have a worldy today.”

But he acknowledged that Hykeham also went close with a first-half free kick that crashed against the frame of the goal and the home side were grateful to see an 80th minute effort come back from a post.

“If you look at the bigger picture, we never got a point from them last season, so a draw was a good result,” said Chapman. “But we really should have been out of sight by half time.”

Town were gifted their best chance when a defender handled in the penalty area, but Ben Davison blazed the resultant penalty kick over the bar.

The home side did take the lead through Ashley Murrell, when he poked home a loose ball, but they failed to take their chances to double the lead and visiting skipper Steve Mehta headed Hykeham level before the break.

For the rest of the half the seasiders were guilty of some sloppy play, but after the interval they tightened things up and played some good football.

It wasn’t enough to secure all three points.

Skegness Town - James Lambley, Ben Drysdale, Josh Bartlett, Miles Chamberlain, Joby Gowshall, Keiron Elliott, Michael Hardy, Ashley Murrell, Ben Davison, McCauley Parker, Will Britton, Matt Veall, Andy Parish, Jamie Epton, Danny Reid.