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Sutton Rovers vs Skegness United League Cup



United returned to action for the first time this month when we travelled to Sutton to complete the final game in the Division Two Cup – Group B.

United only had to avoid defeat to top the group and play Alford Town or Chapel Swifts in the semi-final.

It turned out to be match of two halves with United having the first and Sutton coming back to take the second.

The visitors kick off with a stiff breeze in their favour and went close to taking the lead in the first minute when a back pass missed home keeper and the ball rolled out inches wide of the upright. United controlled most of the game during the half, however could not find the final pass to open up the home defence. The nearest United came when the home keeper brought of an excellent save to deny Ryan O’Loughlin.

Arron Nurse was always a danger up front for Sutton and McGuigan and Simpson had to keep a close eye on him.

United went in front on 30 minutes when Zak Bray broke down the right beating three players before laying the ball to JOHN COURTNEY to slot home from the edge of the area. On 40 minutes United went two up when from a free kick floated in by Sam Sleight a home defender headed the ball into the net giving his keeper no chance.

Minutes from half time Sutton got themselves back into the game when they were awarded a penalty when ARRON NURSE was brought down or did he fall, however he got up and sent Jack Minor the wrong way from the spot.

Sutton started the second half looking to get themselves level and for the first 25 minutes had control of the game and United were finding it difficult to string passes together. During this period they drew level with a well worked goal with some neat passing resulted in a good finish from 12 yards.

United felt they should have had a penalty themselves when Bray broke free and was bundled off the ball, but the referee waved play on. Shortly after this, a free kick from O’Loughlin was only inches wide of the post.

With 15 minutes to go Conor Minor came into mid-field and United began to take more control of the game, although Sutton were still dangerous on the break.

The game ended with United taking the point to top the group and then found out they would be playing Chapel Swifts in the semi-final with Sutton playing Ludford in the other.

Team: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Ashley Reid (Richie Hayes), Kyle McGuigan, Alex Simpson, Sam Sleight Conor Minor), Zak Bray (Jack Hayes), Rhys Mansell, Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and John Courtney.

Man of Match: Kyle McGuigan

Skegness United vs Sutton Rovers



United completed their league programme against the only team to beat them in the league this season.

When the match kicked off the rain had ceased, however the pitch would become heavy with the amount of rain over the last few days.

Returning to the squad were Ryan O’Loughlin, Kieran Rayner-Mistry and Jack Hayes.

The first chance of the game came to United on eight minutes when John Courtney was only inches away from opening the scoring from a Keaton Grainger cross.

Four minutes later Courtney was again in the action when his shot from 25 yards was just wide of the upright.

United continued to have most of the play during the half, however they had to be aware of Sutton on break with the league’s leading scorer Arron Nurse always in the action.

The best chance of the half came on 40 minutes when Zak Bray was played through, however his shot hit the post and cleared.

United did take the lead which their play deserved when JOHN COURTNEY was played through the visitor’s defence and he delightfully lobbed the Sutton keeper Adam Brownson has he came of his line.

Two minutes later United went two up when a ball from the right was knocked home from 10 yards by KIERON RAYNER-MISTRY.

United started the second half on the attack and two half chances came the way of Courtney but he could not find the target.

Then on 55 minutes Bray had a chance but his shot was tipped over by Brownson. Two minutes later United went three up when after some good interplay Courtney released ZAK BRAY who slotted home pass Brownson.

Goal number four came on 60 minutes when JONNY HODSON picked up the ball in midfield and went on forceful run before finding space to shoot home from 18 yards into the corner.

Then five minutes later Sutton had their best chance of the match when Nurse found himself in front of goal, however Jack Minor brought of a good save.

On 67 minutes United had a penalty for a foul, however Alex Simpson’s spot kick was saved at the post by Brownson.

At this stage United made a number of substitutions with John Courtney, Sam Sleight and Alex Kendrick being replaced by Jack Hayes, Ashley Read and Ryan O’Loughlin.

At this stage Sutton were begin to show more of an attacking force and Minor had to bring of another save at the expense of a corner.

On 78 minutes United went five up when Hodson played in ZAK BRAY who beat Brownson from 10 yards.

Three minutes the visitor’s got onto the score sheet when United loss the ball on their right and when the cross came in ARRON NURSE was unmarked to knock home his 26th goal of the season.

After the match the Division Two Trophy was presented the United by Management Committee Member Pete Goy.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick (Ashley Read), Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Kyle McGuigan, Alex Simpson, Sam Sleight (Ryan O’Loughlin), Rhys Mansell, Jonny Hodson, Keaton Grainger, John Courtney (Jack Hayes) and Zak Bray.

Man of Match: Rhys Mansell 

Skegness Utd vs Ludford Rovers



United were playing their first home match in 6 weeks when they were looking to complete the double over visitors Ludford Rovers. Having won the title the previous week at Chapel United made just one change to the starting line up with John Courtney coming in for Richie Hayes.

United started on the front foot taking the game to the visitor’s and in the early stages two half chances came their way. On 15 minutes United finally took the lead. From a corner KEATON GRAINGER with his ninth goal of the season got in front of his marker to flick the ball home at the near post past keeper Adam Baxter.

United were having the majority of the play, however they had to be aware of the visitors leading scorer Jordan Kay, however he was kept well in check by the central partnership of Alex Simpson and Kyle McGuigan. With 38 minutes on the clock United went two up which their play deserved. JOHN COURTNEY picked the ball just outside the visitor’s area and managed to get through their defence and knocked the ball past Baxter.

Up to half time United continued on the attack and were always looking dangerous.

Within two minutes of the restart Ludford had their best chance of the match when they broke down the right, and from a good position fired wide of the far post. Zak Bray was causing problems the visitor’s defence with his pace down the right side. From one of these runs United scored the third of the match. Bray beat two players and when his cross came in JOHN COURTNEY was on hand to shoot home via a deflection.

Shortly afterwards Ludford had a great chance of reduce the arrears, but shot wide from 10 yards in front of goal. United were soon back on the attack with Courtney and Alex Kendrick only inches wide of the post from increasing United’s lead. Ludford were more positive in attack at this stage and on a number of occasions Jack Minor in the home goal had to be alert.

Before the final whistle both Bray and Grainger had half chances.

United have one more league match to complete their season against Sutton next week. Then they go onto a number of Cup matches.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall (Ashley Reid), Alex Kendrick, Kyle McGuigan, Ashley Simpson, Sam Sleight, John Courtney, Rhys Mansell, Keaton Grainger, Jonny Hodson (Richie Hayes) and Zak Bray.

Man of Match: Jack Minor

Manby vs Skegness United


United moved into the semi-final of the East Lincs Junior Cup with the win over Manby. The visitors started the match the brighter of the two sides and took the game to Manby. However, it was the home side that had the first shot on goal. Following a corner United failed to clear their lines, but the shot was wide of the target.

On 10 minutes good work between Jamie Lyall and Kyle McGuigan resulted in the former shooting wide. A minute later United’s first shot on target from Ryan O’Loughlin was gathered by home keeper Craig Davenport.  On 14 minutes Keaton Grainger made space for himself and won a corner of Davenport. From the resulting corner kick Kieran Rayner-Mistry was wide of the post with his shot. On 20 minutes Jonny Hodson made space for himself after good work in midfield but shot over when well placed. After 25 minutes United took the lead which their play deserved when O’Loughlin found KYLE MCGUIGAN who beat his marker and slammed the ball home.
On 35 minutes United went two up when O’Loughlin won the ball in mid-field and squared the ball to KYLE MCGUIGAN fired home into the corner from 25 yards. Within a couple of minutes the home side reduced the lead when a miss kick by Jack Minor allowed BARNEY PARKES to fire home into an empty net.

United still dominated the game and Davenport made a good save from Lyall. United scored number three on 40 minutes when an in swinging corner by JOHN COURTNEY evaded everyone and found the far corner of the net. On 43 minutes the best move of the match following a flowing move from United’s box to the edge of Manby’s area Grainger released Courtney but his shot was wide of the post. With the half time whistle about to blow United scored number four. From a Courtney corner which was cleared back to him and with his second cross found RYAN O’LOUGHLIN at the far post who knocked the ball home from close range.  United went in at half time in a commanding position to move into the semi-final.

The second half started has the first had ended and McGuigan was close to his hat-trick when Davenport brought off an excellent save. Then Grainger was just wide of the goal with a header. Midway through the half Manby came more into the game without causing any major problems to the United defence. Then Hodson was just wide with a shot. At this point the visitor’s made three substitutions with Jamie Turner, Rhys Mansell and Elliott Clarke coming on for Arun Gray, Jonny Hodson and Sam Sleight. McGuigan moved into the back four to replace Gray. Courtney was then played though but Davenport brought off another good save. United were having plenty of the ball, however could not find the flowing/passing moves of the first half. Then in the final minute Manby scored their second when an excellent 25 yard shot by TOM SNOWDEN found the top corner of the net giving Minor no chance.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Sam Sleight (Jamie Turner), Alex Simpson, Arun Gray (Rhys Mansell), John Courtney, Jonny Hodson (Elliott Clarke), Keaton Grainger Ryan O’Loughlin and Kyle McGuigan.

Man of Match: Kyle McGuigan


Skegness United vs Scamblesby



United returned to league action following a break of 4 weeks. They were looking to complete a league double over their visitors having won 8 – 0 back in September.

United had a full squad to select from and this was reflected in the strong bench.

United started the game on the front foot, and in the early minutes Ryan O’Loughlin was just wide of the target with a shot. However, it was Scamblesby who took the lead on 10 minutes. The referee allowed play to continue and the visitors fired over the bar. The referee then decided to call play back and award a free kick to Scamblesby. From the resulting kick Jack Minor could not prevent JACK CUNNINGHAM’S shot finding the corner of the net.

Within 2 minutes United had an instant response when a ball floated into the visitor’s area was acrobatically turned home by ALEX KENDRICK.

At this stage United were playing some good flowing football and O’Loughlin was just over the bar with chip shot.

United finally took the lead when a good build up by United was finished off with a neat goal from ALEX KENDRICK for his second of the match.

Then a trademark free kick from O’Loughlin was heading for the top corner when it was headed out by a visiting defending.

Number three came for United with around 10 minutes to half time when a curling shot from 20 yards by ARUN GRAY found the top corner giving the visiting keeper no chance.

Then Keaton Grainger headed just over when well placed.

United went in at half time in a commanding position and score line could have been doubled.

Early in the second half United had four on the score sheet when a corner floated in by O’Loughlin was powerfully headed home by Kieran Rayner-Mistry for his first ever goal.

United continued to press with the support of Jamie Lyall and Rayner-Mistry down the wings, aided by Jamie Turner and John Courtney from mid-field. Then it was then the turn of RHYS MANSELL to get onto the score sheet. Receiving the ball just outside the area he moved the ball to left and scored with an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

United made a number of substitution at this stage with Kyle McGuigan, Jonny Hodson and Ashley Reid coming on for Jamie Turner, Rhys Mansell and Kieran Rayner-Mistry.

The next 15 minutes Scamblesby had their best spell of the match and forced a number of corners, however the United defence stood strong and gave good protection to Jack Minor in the home goal.

With the game entering the final ten minutes United scored number six when a clever through ball found KEATON GRAINGER who round the keeper and slotted home from an acute angle.

United continued to look at enhancing their goal tally and with the final action of the game JONNY HODSON battled through the visitor’s defence and fired home with two defenders in a desperate attempt to clear the ball.

With their nearest rivals Sutton Rover losing at Alford United increased their lead at the top of the table.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Kieran Rayner-Mistry (Ashley Read), Rhys Mansell (Jonny Hodson), Alex Simpson, Arun Gray, Alex Kendrick, John Courtney, Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Jamie Turner (Kyle McGuigan).

Unused Subs: Dan Wager and Jack Hayes.

North Thoresby vs Skegness United - 26/11/16

Saturday 26th November 2016

North Thoresby 0 Skegness United 2

United travelled to North Thoresby knowing the winners of the game would move clear at the top of the table.

Once again United had to make changes due to unavailability. Ryan O’Loughlin returned to the starting line up, Conor Minor reverted to right back with Jamie Lyall moving to central defence to form a solid partnership with Alex Simpson.

On a perfect afternoon for football it was United who made an excellent start after 2 minutes. United won the ball just inside the home side’s half and Keaton Grainger was sent free down the left and when his cross came in RYAN O’LOUGHLIN was on hand to knock the ball home from 5 yards.

Following the goal the game settled down with neither side taking control. The first shot for the home side came on 15 minutes when following a corner the ball was cleared to Ash Sarbutt whose shot was straight into the arms of Jack Minor. Two minutes later, the action returned to the other end when a good passing move by United resulted in Alex Kendrick’s shot being saved by home keeper Jason Stamford.

Then on 25 minutes Kendrick was played through however his final shot was over the bar. O’Loughlin on the right and John Courtney in the middle were causing problems to the home side with their close ball control.

A free kick for United gave O’Loughlin a chance at goal but his attempt was just over the bar. At this stage United had control with Thoresby getting men behind the ball, however the visitor’s could not find the final pass to open up the defence.

With the half drawing to a close Thoresby had their best chance. United failed to clear the ball on the edge of the area and Dave German had a clear run on goal. His shot beat Minor however Dan Wager running back cleared the danger.

United went in at half time with a one goal lead, however on balance of play would have liked a bigger lead.

The home side started brightly at the start of the second half and United had difficulty on two occasions in clearing a couple of balls played into the box. On 55 minutes United came close to increasing their lead when Kendrick headed against the post from a Minor cross.

At this stage of the game Thoresby were relying on break-always, and United had total control of the midfield. The visitor’s were beginning to open up the home defence and on a number of occasions the home side were desperate to clear their lines. On one of these occasions Simpson headed over when well placed from a Courtney cross.

United finally went two up when RYAN O’LOUGHLIN received the ball 25 yards out and with a trade mark shot found the top corner of the net giving home keeper Stamford no chance.

United continued to attack the home goal with a number of half chances being created, however they always had to be aware of the home side on the break.

At the final whistle United had secured the points to go clear at the top in what was one of their best performances of the season. The side was solid from the back to the front.

Team: Jack Minor, Conor Minor, Dan Wager (Vern Bee), Rhys Mansell, Alex Simpson, Jamie Lyall, Alex Kendrick, John Courtney, Keaton Grainger (Jack Hayes), Ryan O’Loughlin and Jamie Turner (Jonny Hodson).

Man of Match: Ryan O’Loughlin


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