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Supplementary Cup, round one

Lincoln United Reserves 2,

Skegness United 3

SKEGNESS United are through to the next round of the Supplementary Cup after battling back from two goals down to edge out Lincoln United Reserves.

United went into the match with 10 players unavailable due to injury, work and suspension, which left them with a daunting task against a team that took points off league leaders Cleethorpes Town just a few weeks ago.

It was Lincoln who made the brighter start and had a two goal lead by half-time, with goals from leading scorers Luke Shipman and Adam Wilcockson doing the damage.

The truth is the United never got going in the first half, but with that many players missing it was always going to be a real test of their squad.

Skegness came off the field at half-time having played their poorest first half display of the season and needed a drastic change to get themselves back into the game.

Whatever was said at half-time, coupled with a change to the squad’s shape, made an instant impact. Within minutes of the re-start Andy Hallam pulled a goal back.

After cutting in from the right he found the corner of the net with a low, powerful shot.

Skegness were buoyed by the goal and started to play the football their fans have become used to.

During their spell of pressure the impressive youngster Jack Wightwick drew United level with a fantastic individual goal.

After picking the ball up in midfield, he went on a dazzling run, and skipped past two challenges before rifling the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the area.

United brought on Jamie Skinner and Keiron Elliott for Dan Starkey and Ben Drysdale in an attempt to win the game in normal time.

And with 10 minutes to go Andy Hallam beat two players down the left with clever footwork, and his powerful shot across the goal took a slight deflection and crossed the line to give United the lead.

In the remainder of the match it was United who looked more likely to add to their tally and they booked their place in the quarter-final where they will play Sleaford Town Reserves at home on Saturday, March 3.

Joint Manager Mark Hallam said: “We just never got going in the first half.

“Having said that, the way we came out for the second half with so many players unavailable and 2-0 down away from home, we showed tremendous character to win the game.

“The boys never know when they are beaten and the performance of young Jack Wightwick was definitely the highlight for us today.”

United - Ben Prichard, Jason Callaby, Ben Drysdale (Keiron Elliott), Jordan Walden, Danny Stevens, Ben Davison, Mark Hallam, Callum Hyland, Dan Starkey (Jamie Skinner), Jack Wightwick and Andy Hallam

Man of the Match - Jack Wightwick

l On Saturday, December 3 Skegness United FC will host a Christmas Casino Night at the Crown Hotel in Skegness.

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