Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League
SKEGNESS Town finished their home league fixtures with an unconvincing win over fourth-from-bottom Skellingthorpe PFC.
Having worked themselves into a dominant position with a two-goal cushion, the seasiders, not for the first time this season, let the visitors off the hook.
Instead of driving home their advantage, they found themselves back on level terms with 15 minutes left.
At that point there was only one team going to win this match and it was not the Lilywhites.
Town were without skipper Damian Howland, Jamie Sleight and Scott Trestrail.
Brett Needham came in at right back, Sam Sleight slotted into the back four and teenager Kieran Elliott made his first senior start, and it was the youngster who gave the management the biggest plus from this streaky three points.
The 16-year-old had an excellent game in midfield and made two of the home side’s goals.
Paul Watts, in his first Lincolnshire league fixture since his transfer, gave the seasiders a half time lead, finishing off a good move.
Dan Tuplin, in his first start since returning after suspension, doubled the advantage, converting an opportunity created by Elliott.
The seasiders were now in control, but they contrived to snatch defeat from the hands of victory by presenting Alex Mumby with two goals.
Town were on the ropes and suffering from hurt pride as much as anything else, but their response was immediate. Indeed less than two minutes after Mumby’s 75th minute equaliser, Elliott threaded the ball through to Michael Howard, who rounded visiting keeper Kris Nelson and fired the winner into an empty net.
Skegness Town: Emery, Needham, Neale, Lyon, S Sleight, Cartwright, Veall, Elliott, Watts, Tuplin, Papworth, Beresford, Mangnal, Howard.
Skellingthorpe PFC: Nelson, Kelsey, Coo, Atkinson, Fehily, Clay, Gordon, Mehta, Ashworth, Mumby, Wilson.
On Saturday, Skellingthorpe will get an opportunity for revenge when they entertain the seasiders at Monson Park, at 3pm.
Skegness Town Reserves are at Burgh Road in the Willoughby cup semi-final against Kirton Town, with a 2pm kick-off.