Three is the magic number for Town

Ben Davison battles for the ball.
Ben Davison battles for the ball.

Sills and Betteridge

Lincolnshire League

Lincoln United Reserves 0 Skegness Town 3

Skegness Town continued their faultless November with their third consecutive win.

Before kick-off a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect for teenager Craig Rawlinson, a former Town player, who died last week. Town’s players wore black armbands.

They were the first to create a chance in the fourth minute with Ben Davison heading over Andy Reeson’s free kick.

The game was played at a quick pace, but a quarter of the game had gone before United carved open their first opportunity. Luke Shipman shot just wide when well placed.

Another chance fell to Davison five minutes before the break when Daniel Reid forced an error from home keeper Paddy Shaw, but the Skegness skipper was unable to find the target.

Skegness had an escape in the last minute of the first half when Shipman fired wide from another good position.

Town’s Troy Lonslow replaced the injured Chris Nicholls at the break and it was he who had a great chance to break the deadlock after 65 minutes, but Shaw denied him with a fine save.

The visitors finally edged in front with a Joby Gowshall penalty after Peter McDaid was adjudged to have handled a Lonslow cross.

United immediately switched to a more attacking formation and for 10 minutes dominated proceedings.

With his defenders camped in their own half, goalkeeper Craig Parry showed superb handling to take the pressure off, plucking crosses out of the air with aplomb.

At the other end there was an eerie silence when skipper Davison headed Jake Akers’s cross under Shaw’s body from seven yards to double the seasiders’ lead.

Salt was rubbed into Lincoln’s wounds late in the game when Liam Papworth’s cross deflected off the head of a defender into the path of Lonslow, whose half volley at the back post gave Shaw no chance.

Lincoln United Reserves: Paddy Shaw, Lewis Dean, Peter McDaid, Glen Atkinson, Leigh Warman, Stuart King, Lloyd Freeman, Chris Gray, Shaun Booth, Luke Shipman, Lee Pickering, Dean Bailey, Lee Burns, Sam Coulson, Carl Newberry, Luke Smith.

Skegness Town: Craig Parry, Chris Nicholls, Jake Akers, Mike Hardy, Andy Parish, Joby Gowshall, Andy Reeson, John Courtney, Liam Papworth, Ben Davison, Daniel Reid, Troy Lonslow, Aaron Liles, James Critchlow.

n SKEGNESS Town are again on their travels this weekend with a trip to Horncastle Town. Kick-off at The Wong will be at 3pm.

The seasiders are expected to be without Jake Akers due to work commitments, but the management duo of Gary Edgley and John Barker will have been boosted by the return from injury of key players like Aaron Liles and Troy Lonslow.

Skegness Town Reserves are at home to FC Hammers from Division Three of the Boston and District League in the Sports Cup.

The club’s latest tote numbers were 13 and 17.