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.