SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2016
SKEGNESS UNITED 1 NORTH THORESBY 1
United were playing their first league home match of the season when they entertained last year’s division three champion North Thoresby.
United were missing a number of players due to various availability including Ryan O’Loughlin, Nathan Wetton, Rhys Mansell and Jamie Turner. Returning to the squad were Sam Sleight, Jack Ashwell, Ashley Read, Kieran Rayner-Mistery and Aran Gray.
The match started with Jack Minor in goal for the injured Connor Carse. In the early stages it was the visitors who looked the more lively and produced a half chance when they fired just wide of the post.
Then after 10 minutes it was the turn of United coming close to taking the lead when a good flowing move down the right resulted in Keaton Grainger firing just wide of the upright.
After the slow start by United they began to have more of the game without causing any major problems to the visiting keeper Jason Stamford.
The first half was dominated by both defences and very few chances came to either side, although United had just the more procession.
The second half started with United looking the more likely to open the scoring. Within a minute a 20 yard shot by Karl Minor was just wide of the post. However, at the other end it was Thoresby who came the nearest to open the scoring. When United failed to clear their lines a shot came in from the visitors which hit the upright before being cleared.
United made a double change within a five minute spell when Aran Gray replaced the unwell Jack Ashwell and Sam Sleight came in for Sam Green.
On 70 minutes United took the lead when Alex Kendrick put in delightful cross and CONOR MINOR rose above the visitors defence and headed into the corner giving keeper Stamford no chance.
A couple of minutes later Kendrick cut in from the left and was just over the bar with his shot. On 80 minutes Kieran Rayner-Mistry replaced Ashley Read.
With United looking at heading for 3 points Thoresby won a free kick on their right – which was disputed by United. The ball was played in for a visiting player to head home. This was the first time in the match that the United defence had failed to clear a ball into their box.
Shortly afterwards the final whistle blew with both sides taking a point. On reflection the result was fair with defences being on top thoughout.
TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Ashley Read (Kieran Rayner-Mistry) , Karl Minor, Alex Simpson, Jack Ashwell (Arun Gray), Alex Kendrick, Jonathan Hodson, Keaton Grainger, Conor Minor, and Sam Green (Sam Sleight)
Unused Subs: Aiden Smith and Naveed Shafiq