Injury-hit Town pay for lapses

Sills and Betteridge

Lincolnshire League

Challenge Cup third round

Cleethorpes Town 7

Skegness Town 3

INJURY-hit Skegness Town were dumped out of the challenge cup by league leaders Cleethorpes Town.

The Lilywhites scored three times against the meanest defence in the league, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the competition as lapses at the other end cost them.

They now enter the Supplementary Cup as one of those who suffered defeat in the first two rounds of the Challenge Cup, and manager Barry Kilmore has to pick up his wounded troops for the trip to Lincoln United Reserves in the league on Saturday.

The loss of goalkeeper Michael Emery to a hand injury in midweek was a big blow for the visitors, who were further hampered when Michael Gardner and Lewis Cartwright limped off with first half knocks.

Skegness did themselves no favours when they gifted the home side two goals within the first seven minutes.

A short back pass from Mark Thompson caught Emery’s replacement Ashley Bentley in two minds and Ricky Belding pounced to fire Cleethorpes in front, and Belding again took advantage of hesitancy in the defence to double the lead.

It was a terrible start for the visitors, but Lee Orrey reduced the deficit in the 15th minute when he cleverly beat the offside trap to score.

Phil Cawley restored the two-goal cushion, before Oglesby cut inside from the left and clipped a shot into the top corner.

On the stroke of half time, Tom Dickinson brought down an opponent in the penalty area and Goodhand stepped forward to make the interval score 5-1.

Despite their injury woes, Skegness came out fighting after the break and Adam Broome scored their second goal.

Moments later, Orrey latched onto a poor back pass and, after rounding keeper Miles Fenty, was brought down by the Cleethorpes stopper.

Some will have thought Fenty fortunate to have avoided a red card, but there was little he could do to keep out Mark Thompson’s spot kick.

So, at 5-3, Skegness had hauled themselves back into contention, but midway through the second half their hopes were all but extinguished when Oglesby grabbed his second of the game.

Cleethorpes again hit beleaguered Skegness on the break when Luke Neul wrapped up the scoring at 7-3.