Under-strength Skegness beaten by in-form Clifton

Skegness Town 1 Clifton 4

Pre-season freindly

DEPLETED Skegness Town were given a lesson in football by Central Midlands League side Clifton at Burgh Road on Saturday.

Manager Gary Edgley said after the game that the seasiders should be at full strength for the visit of Alford Town to Burgh Road tonight (Wednesday).

He was also hopeful of having three new signings to take part in the Alford fixture.

Saturday’s game started well for the Lilywhites and, after surviving an early scare with the penalty save of Jack Solomon, Josh Whittam went close for the home side.

He broke the offside trap and lobbed the keeper, but saw the ball clear Clifton’s cross bar.

Ten minutes before the break the visitors were gifted a second penalty, stroked home this time by Ben Clarke.

Clifton added a second early in the second half when Carl Spencer found room to fire past Solomon.

A third penalty was converted by Clarke on the hour before Town pulled a goal back from the spot through Liam Papworth.

Clifton completed the scoring late on when Howland was caught in possession on the edge of his area and Clarke took full advantage to complete his hat-trick.

Tonight’s match at home to Alford will kick-off at 7pm.