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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


N Somercotes Res vs Skegness Utd

Saturday 19th November 2016

North Somercotes Res 2 Skegness United 3

United travelled to North Somercotes looking for their first double of the season having already beaten their hosts 4 – 2 in October.

The victory would move United to the top of the table replacing North Thoresby who they visit next Saturday.

Once again the major talking point after the match would be the performance of the referee.

The match kicked off on a fine afternoon with only a slight breeze blowing. The first attempt by either side came on six minutes from the home side, however it was high and wide. Up to this point it was United who had control of the game.

On 15 minutes United had a clear penalty claim turned down when Conor Minor was brought down. Then John Courtney laid a ball to Jamie Turner whose shot was wide of the target. The next 15 minutes United were much better side, however were finding it difficult to open up the home defence until Minor had a shot just wide.

The home side began to come more into the game, but any shots were well of target and caused no problems to United keeper Jack Minor.

On 40 minutes United took the lead when a good flowing move released JOHN COURTNEY who delightfully placed his shot over the home keeper.

A minute later Courtney produced an excellent save from the keeper. United were now piling on the pressure and Minor then hit the post. With half time only seconds away CONOR MINOR received the ball 20 yards out and with a powerful shot high into the net gave United a two goal lead.

United started the second half as the first ended and after two minutes a free kick from Courtney was just over the bar. The home side began to come more into the game without causing any major problems to the United defence.

Somercotes then flashed the ball across the visitor’s defence on two occasions without any one to take advantage. Next it was the turn of United when Alex Kendrick released Keaton Granger but he miscued his shot wide.

Then the home side had their best chance of the match but the player fired high over the bar. Somercotes got themselves back into the game when United failed to clear their lines, and after a shot came back off Jack Minor a home forward was on hand to knock home the loose ball.

This gave the home side confidence and United were finding it difficult to put their passes together. On 75 minutes Rhys Mansell came close to goal number three when his shot was cleared of the line. On 80 minutes the home side drew level when a break down the right resulted in the shot hitting the far post and into the net.

At this stage United brought on Zak Bray whose pace began to cause the home side problems and with around 5 minutes to go he was brought down in the area, however the referee only awarded a corner.

Then with only minutes to go from a United corner ALEX KENDRICK scored with a header which would have graced any match. This summed up the referee’s afternoon because it should have been a goal kick for the home side. However, it was justice because United had two clear penalties turned down.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall(Capt), Ashley Read (Zak Bray), Karl Minor (Jack Ashwell), Aron Gray, Rhys Mansell (Alex Simpson), John Courtney, Kieron Graniger, Jamie Turner and Alex Kendrick.

Man of Match: Jamie Turner

Next Sat (26 Nov) United are on their travels again when they play North Thoresby - KO 2pm. A United win will leave them clear at the top of the table.    

Skegness United FC vs Alford Town

Saturday 29th October 2016

Skegness United 4 Alford Town 3

United returned to league action with a local derby match against Alford Town.

Returning to the United squad were Rhys Mansell, Jamie Turner, Kieran Rayner-Mistry along with new signing Jack Solomon.

Included in the Alford line up were ex- United players, Jason Callaby, Andy Reeson and Paul Watts.

The first half would be an all action affair with four goals, Jonny Hodson and Paul Watts both receiving two yellow cards along with a player from each side also receiving yellows. However, the talking point would be the performance of the match referee.

The referee failed to take in ground conditions, a factor of the match common to both sides, and could have used common sense and just spoken to the players in some of the incidents rather than just produce a yellow card.

United started the brighter of the two sides, however it was 8 minutes before they had a direct shot on goal. This came from Keaton Grainger from 20 yards, however it was straight at visiting keeper Harry McHamilton. Two minutes later the home side had a chance when a free kick from Ashley Read found Jamie Lyall at the far post but his shot hit the side netting.

Then Alford had a half chance when Arun Gray missed his tackle, and the visiting forward was wide of the target with his shot. On 19 minutes John Courtney was put through by Grainger, however the shot lacked power and was cleared.

Shortly afterwards United took the lead when a long throw in by Alex Simpson was powerfully headed home by JONNY HODSON who gave McHamilton no chance.

It was not long before United went two up when great feet by Ryan O’Loughlin in the area released Grainger whose shot was saved by McHamilton, however the ball ran loose and ALEX KENDRICK was on hand to slam the ball home.

Then the two sending offs occurred in separate incidents with Jonny Hodson and Paul Watts being dismissed. It was looking at this point that every tackle may receive a yellow card.

On 35 minutes a half chance came Alford’s way when Jack Minor in the United goal lost control of the ball, and the follow up player fired over.

With the half entering its last quarter Alford got themselves back on level terms when first a loose ball in the United area was knocked home by JOE IRVING. With minutes to half time three United players failed to clear a ball and IAN THROWER picked up the ball and lobbed Minor in the United goal.

The eventful half ended with both sides level, however United felt they had the game under control up to the last quarter.

Both sides started the second looking to get the goal to take the lead. Then on 55 minutes it was United who went in front when a Conor Minor through ball was won by ASHLEY READ who then went onto to place his shot pass McHamilton.

Ten minutes later United scored number four when a loose ball was chased down by KEATON GRAINGER who beat Mc Hamilton to the ball and then from the most acute of angles placed his shot into the net. Shortly after coming on Solomon hit the bar.

During the next 15 minutes both keepers had to bring off good saves to keep the scores down. Then on 80 minutes Alford reduced the arrears when Gray missed a centre from United’s right and JOE IRVING was on hand to beat Minor from close range.

The visitors then began to pile on the pressure, but the United defence stood firm. In fact they were denied a fifth goal when it was called off side when in fact the goal scorer was in an onside position.

The game ended with victory for United in which had been an entertaining game full of incidents.

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

Unused Subs: Zach Bray and Jamie Turner.

Man of Match: Jack Minor

Skegness Utd FC vs Market Rasen Dev



United returned to action following a blank Saturday last week.

They were entertaining Market Rasen Town Development from Division Three in the East Lincolnshire Town Trophy.

Missing from United’s line up were Rhys Mansell, Jamie Turner, Conor Minor through work and Kieron Rayner-Mistry injured. Ashley Reid, Arun Gray, Jonny Hodson and Zak Bray returned to the squad.

The first ten minutes the game was dominated by United, however Rasen began to come more into it with their no 8 Tom Newitt being involved in most of their moves. However, once United took control again they were causing problems to the visitor’s defence, without finding the final ball to open them up, but keeper Ben Togher brought off some good saves to keep Rasen from going behind.

During this period Alex Kendrick came close on two occasions first firing just wide from a good position and then keeper Togher saved low down.

United finally went into the lead when an excellent cross from the right by Ryan O’Loughlin was headed home by KEATON GRAINGER giving Togher no chance.

At half time United went in with a one goal lead, however on balance of play may feel it should have been more.

Within two minutes of the restart United went two up when ALEX FORSTER robbed a defender and placed his shot into the far corner from an acute angle.

United still dominated the game with O'Loughlin, Granger and John Courtney all going close. On 62 minutes Rasen got themselves back into the game when from a corner IAN WILLIAMS was left alone at the far post and headed home.

On 75 minutes the visitors drew level when a penalty was award for a push on a Rasen player by Jonny Hodson. From the resulting kick IAN WILLIAMS who was Rasen’s best player gave Jack Minor in the United goal no chance with his spot kick.

The visitor’s were now in confident mood and United needed to regain the lead quickly. This they did within three minutes when neat footwork by Courtney resulting in slicing the ball across the goal and ZAK BRAY was on hand to knock home from 5 yards

On 80 minutes United sealed the tie when a run by O’Loughlin into the Rasen box beating four players on the way released the ball to ALEX KENDRICK running in who fired the ball home.

At the final whistle United moved into the next round, however at times during the match they made it more difficult for themselves than it should have been.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Ashley Read (Jack Ashwell), Karl Minor (Jonny Hodson), Alex Simpson, Arun Gray, Alex Kendrick, John Courtney, Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Alex Forster (Zak Bray).

Man of Match: Ryan O’Loughlin

Next Saturday (5th November) United return to league action when they entertain Alford United at the Grammar School with a 2pm kick off.     



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