Video: Skegness United 3, Hykeham Town 2

SKEGNESS United entertained Hykeham Town at Wainfleet Road for the second Saturday in a row following United’s win at Hykeham the previous week.

United made one change from the previous week with skipper Paul Watts returning to side in the place of Neil Thorpe.

Goalmouth action in Saturday's 3-2 win for Skegness United over Hykeham. Photo by John Crossland.

Goalmouth action in Saturday's 3-2 win for Skegness United over Hykeham. Photo by John Crossland.

The match kicked–off in bright sunshine and first action came after four minutes when Andy Reeson played a ball over the Hykeham defence for Kurt Crossley to run on to.

However, Crossley failed to control the ball and it was cleared by the visitors defence.

On six minutes United thought they had open the scoring when a ball from the left was headed home by a Hykeham defender, but the referee disallowed the goal due to Crossley coming from an offside position when challenging the defender.

Then a mistake by Bland in the Hykeham defence allowed Sean Chamberlain to progress down the United right and ball found it way to Reeson who shot was tipped over by Sizer in the visitors’ goal.

Chamberlain then again put in another excellent cross which found McCauley Parker on the left and his shot was well saved by Sizer and finally cleared.

On 15 minutes another ball was played through the Hykeham defence for Crossley to run onto, but Sizer was quickly of his line to clear.

At this stage it was all one-way to the Hykeham goal and the visitors were finding it difficult to get into the United half.

The first real sight of the United came on 25 minutes when a through ball found a Hykeham forward, however his shot was way off target.

A free kick played into the box by Reeson, however Watts header was wide.

The next action came on 40 minutes when a shot by Crossley appeared to be a clear hand-ball on the line.

However the referee indicated that the shot had hit the defender’s chest.

When half-time came the scores were still level and this was only due to missed chances by United, and last ditch defending and good goalkeeping from Hykeham.

At the start of the second half Kyle McGuigan replaced the injured Ben Drysdale.

The first real action of the second half did not come until 55 minutes when a Callum Hyland shot was saved by Sizer.

Then a cross from Crossley found Parker who laided the ball back to Hyland who was only just wide with his shot.

United finally made the breakthrough on 60 minutes when good play down the United left found Parker who’s pinpoint cross was headed home at the far post by Kurt Crossley who gave Sizer no chance.

A quickly taken free kick by Reeson caught Hykeham still lining up their defensive wall, however Sizer was alert and tipped his shot round the post for corner.

Hykeham were beginning to show more adventure by pushing more players forward in order to level the scores.

However, it was United who found the net for the second time. After inter-play on the United right McGuigan played a ball into the box and Kurt Crossley was quickest to react and knock the ball past Sizer.

Then after another Reeson free-kick Miles Chamberlain sent in a header which was again saved by Sizer.

The third goal came on 77 minutes when from a Reeson corner the ball was headed on by Joby Gowshall and Paul Watts was only a couple of yards from the goal-line and he applied the final touch.

On 85 minutes Hykeham pulled a goal back from a free-kick after the United defence failed to clear and James Cooper knocked the ball home from close range.

Within two minutes the visitors had got number two. A quick break down the Hykeham left found the home defence all at sea and Cooper was left on his own to fire home from 10 yards for his second and Hykeham’s second.

At this point the visitors had their eye on levelling the scores.

Hykeham won a couple of corners, however the home defence cleared them with no danger to Pritchard in the home goal.

In fact United came nearest to adding to their total when first Danny Stevens fired over.

Then with the final whistle about to go Crossley broke clear of the Hykeham defence. However he could not get his shot on target.

On the final whistle United had gained another three points in their chase of Cleethorpes who they meet at Cleethorpes this coming Saturday.

United had full control of the game, other than for two minutes.

TEAM: Ben Pritchard, Danny Stevens, Ben Drysdale (Kyle McGuigan), Miles Chamberlain, Joby Gowshall, Callum Hyland, Sean Chamberlain, McCauley Parker, Paul Watts, Andy Reeson and Kurt Crossley.

This coming Saturday, April 14 United travel to Cleethorpes Town at the Linden Homes Club on Clee Road, in what could well be the title decider. Kick-off is at 3pm.