Triple signing can help United fulfil ambition

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SKEGNESS United have announced the signing of three more players ahead of the new season.

They completed the transfer of former Louth Town players Tom Andrews, Callum Hyland and Andi Reeson last week.

Skegness United joint manager Mark Hallam said: “Tom on his day is one of the best goalkeepers in Lincolnshire in our opinion and was our number one choice, so we are delighted he has signed for the club.

“Callum and Andi are both very experienced midfield players despite their young ages who have already played at Northern Counties East level and they will bring great quality to the side.

“They all also have fantastic attitudes and are capable of taking us all the way to the EvoStik level that we crave. We are all delighted they chose to sign for The United as several clubs were chasing their signatures.”

Meanwhile, the club was in action last week when they travelled to Beeston in Nottinghamshire for a midweek friendly against Central Midland League outfit Nottingham United.

On a poor pitch The United were not able to get their passing game going and were somewhat unsettled by the physical approach adopted by the Nottingham side.

Despite this Skegness took the lead midway through the first half with a clever finish from 21-year-old John Courtney but quickly found themselves 2-1 down after two defensive lapses by the inexperienced backline.

After a change of formation at half time, United came out with a renewed impetus and began to take control of the game.

With only five minutes on the clock, great work by Paul Watts in charging down the home goalkeepers clearance led to the ball falling at the feet of John Courtney 40 yards from goal.

With plenty of work to do Courtney shifted the ball onto his weaker foot and sweetly struck the ball over the retreating defenders and keeper straight into the roof of the net for his second goal of the game.

Only four minutes later and United had retaken the lead. A whipped in corner from Andi Reeson was met at the near post by the on rushing Courtney to complete a fabulous hatrick.

United then wasted several opportunities to add to their total and they were made to pay for that with just five minutes left when some sloppy defending and a goalkeeping error allowed the Nottingham side to equalise.

Elsewhere, Skegness United travelled to Boston Town last night for a game which kicked off after the Standard went to print.

Then on Saturday The United will play Grimsby Borough at Alford Town’s ground due to maintenance work at the Wainfleet Road playign fields. Kick-off will be 3pm.