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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.     



Skegness Utd FC vs N Somercotes Res

Saturday 15th October 2016

Skegness United 4 North Somercotes Utd Res 2

United were looking for their first home victory in 4 attempts on a perfect afternoon for football.

However, the match did not get off to the best of starts when the match referee failed to make an appearance. This resulted in a qualified spectator taking the middle and United subsequently finding themselves 2 down in the early stages of the game.

The game also saw the return of John Courtney making his return to the club and would make an impact on the match.

United made their usual slow start and found themselves a goal down within three minutes of the start. The visitors won the ball in midfield and when the shot came in the ball rebounded of keeper Jack Minor into the patch of a visiting forward who calmly slotted the ball home.

Then on 10 minutes Somercotes went further ahead when they broke down their left and when Minor came out the visiting player executed a delightful chip shot and the ball rolled into the net.

At this stage United had it all to do to get back into the match. On 25 minutes United came close to reducing the arrears when the visiting keeper produced a fine save from Courtney.

On 30 minutes did reduce the arrears when JOHN COURTNEY was played through and as the keeper came of his line placed his shot over him.

Two minutes later United came close to levelling the score when Ryan O’Loughlin picked the ball up in midfield and placed his shot past the keeper, however it hit the post and cleared.

On 34 minutes United did draw level when substitute ALEX FORSTER found the corner of the net when firing in from 20 yards for his first goal for the club.

With half time approaching United edged in front when JOHN COURTNEY scored his second of the match will a low drive from 15 yards into the corner of the net. There was still time for Forster to come close for his second of the match when he hit the crossbar.

The second half started has the first half ended with United on the attack. O’Loughlin came close after 55 minutes when his goal bound free kick hit a defender and went for a corner.

United continue to attack the visitors goal, however could not find the final touch. This until on 70 minutes when a loose ball in the Somercotes area was knocked home by substitute JACK BRADLEY for number four.

At this stage of the game the visitors only looked dangerous from free kicks and throw ins. For the rest of the game it was towards the Somercotes goal with their keeper making some good saves and shots passing the post. As the game drew to a close, United were unlucky not to make it 5 when MotM Keaton Grainger got to a lose ball first and lobbed the keeper. Unfortunately for United, a chasing defender caught and cleared the ball.

The game ended with United taking the three points, however they will need to be more positive from the kick off because there will be games when they cannot give sides a two goal lead.

Manager Michael Howard said “We started poor and only turned up when we were 2 -0 down. We managed to get a result which was the main thing and remain unbeaten in the league. However we know we need to be more consistent with our performances”.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick (Jamie Turner), Aidan Smith (Jack Bradley), Jamie Lyall, Alex Simpson, Karl Minor (Alex Forster), John Courtney, Rhys Mansell, Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Conor Minor

Man of Match: Keaton Grainger



Skegness Utd FC vs Wyberton (Cup)




In the 2nd round of the Lincs Junior Cup United came up against Wyberton, a side they had some good battles with when United were members of the Lincolnshire League.

Although Wyberton’s results had not been the best over the last few weeks they still would be the most difficult side United would come up against this season.

Again United have players unavailable in Jack Ashwell, Nathan Wetton, Jonny Hodson, Rhys Mansell and Jamie Turner.

The pitch was in perfect condition when the match kicked off, however within the opening 8 minutes the visitors had moved ahead. Wyberton attacked down their left and when a shot came in from BEN JAQUES it took a deflection which evaded keeper Elliott Clark in the home goal.

The game proceeded with either side getting a strong hold of the game and defences where on top and neither keeper were overworked.

In the last ten minutes of the half United came more into the game with Alex Kendrick on the left making some good runs. However, the home side could not open up a clear chance to worry James Doughty in the visitor’s goal.

At the half time whistle United had than held their own aided by good defending from Alex Simpson, Jamie Lyall, Jack Minor and Kieran Rayner-Mistry who gave good cover for Clark. In midfield Connor Minor, Sam Sleight and Karl Minor worked hard but came up against a strong defence and found it difficult to give the service to Keaton Grainger and Ryan O’Loughlin to open up the Wyberton back line.

Within in two minutes of the restart Wyberton went two up and in a goal mouth scramble DANIEL WHITE poked the ball home from close range.

The game then followed the patten of the first half with the game centred on mid-field. In an attempt to add more power up front Lyall moved into a more forward position and Karl Minor dropping back into defence.

Wyberton had more of the attacking play with a number of balls flashing across the United goal. With the game entering the final period the home side came more into it and O’Loughlin had a couple of shots on goal with one going just wide and the other saved by Doughty.

With the game drawing to a close and harmful looking cross from NICKY FROST keeper Clarke allowed to go through his hands and into the net. At the final whistle the score line did not show a true reflection of the match.

After the match team manager Michael Howard said “I feel that today Wyberton were very much the stronger side team than us, we are aware as a team we need to improve, however overall I felt that we did well and the score line flattered Wyberton. I feel that the players will be looking to put it right next Saturday and getting back to winning ways”

Team: Elliott Clark, Kieron Rayner-Mistry, Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Alex Simpson, Sam Sleight, Karl Minor, Connor Minor (Ashley Reid), Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Alex Kendrick.

Man of Match: Jamie Lyall

Next Saturday (15th October) United are home at the Grammar School in the league to North Somercotes Res. Kick off 2.30pm

Ludford vs Skegness United FC



United went into the match looking for the three points to maintain the top position with Sutton Rovers and Alford Town.

Ryan O’Loughlin, Rhys Mansell and Conor Carse returned to the starting line up.

The pitch was in perfect condition although the strong wind which helped the home side in the first half would have some effect on the match.

The home side started the more positive and after 5 minutes won a corner and when it came in John Elston was just over the bar with his header.

On ten minutes United had a great chance to open the scoring when Keaton Grainger was played through, however home keeper Adam Baxter made a good save. The ball was not cleared by the home defence and Ryan O’Loughlin picked up the loose ball, but fired wide.

On 16 minutes after a period of United pressure they took the lead when Alex Kendrick broke down the left, and played the ball over to O’Loughlin who returned the ball into the area and RHYS MANSELL was on hand to side foot home from close range.

Two minutes later Kendrick again broke away and when his cross came in a couple of shots were blocked before RYAN O’LOUGHLIN knocked the ball home from 10 yards.

United were now in control and Jonny Hodson came close with a header from an O’Loughlin corner. Ludford were replying on long balls for Jordan Kay to run onto, however the majority only went direct through to Conor Carse in the visitor’s goal.

On 25 minutes Grainger again was played through, and has Baxter came of his line chipped him, however the ball hit the bar and back into the arms of the keeper. Two minutes later it was three when ALEX KENDRICK was played through and he calmly placed his shot past Baxter.

At this stage United were causing major problems to the home defence down both flanks with Kendrick, Mansell and Jack Minor on the left, and O’Loughlin and Jamie Lyall down the right. With Alex Simpson and Jack Ashwell strong in the middle of the defence.

On 32 minutes United went four up when a charging run by Hodson resulting in the ball finding ALEX KENDRICK who beat his marker and placed his shot across Baxter. Two minutes later a good down the right by O’Loughlin and Lyall resulted in a pass to Karl Minor whose shot was just over the bar.

On the stroke of half time Ludford pulled a goal back when a misplaced pass in the United defence sent JORDAN KAY away and he placed his shot over Carse into the far corner of the net

The second half started as the first had ended with a goal. Within a minute of the restart United went five up with ALEX KENDRICK getting his hat trick. Within a minute the home side scored their second when United lost the ball in midfield and JORDAN KAY went on to place his shot pass Carse.

United went on to score another 6 goals without reply via ALEX KENDRICK to make his total 4. RYAN O’LOUGHLIN completed his own hat trick with a couple more. Further goals came from JONNY HODSON with a penalty and KEATON GRAINGER. JACK BRADLEY coming on as a substitute scored within a couple of minutes when played through and claimly beat Baxter as he came of his line.

The game ended with United having 11 on the board, and the highest number they have scored since the club was formed in 2011.

It was excellent all round team performance with all the players making a contribution in the victory.

TEAM: Conor Carse, Jamie Lyall, Jack Minor (Alex Read), Karl Minor, Jack Ashwell, Alex Simpson, Alex Kendrick, Jonny Hodson (Sam Sleight), Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Rhys Mansell (Jack Bradley).

Next Saturday (1st October) United are at home (Skegness Grammar School) against Mablethorpe Res – Kick Off 2.30pm

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