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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

Skegness United vs N Thoresby



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

Scamblesby vs Skegness United



United started their league programme with a trip to Horncastle to take on Scamblesby.

This was a new look United side with only 3 players in the starting line up from last season these being Alex Simpson, Alex Kendrick and Nathan Wetton.

The match kicked off with the rain still falling, however the pitch was in good condition considering the amount of rain during the day.

The first attacks came from the home side, however they were dealt with in confident style by the visitors. United began to put their passing game together without causing any undue problems to the home defence.

In the early stages the new look United side were still getting to know each other, and it was until the 18th minute before the first direct effort on goal. Keaton Grainger picked up a loose ball in the home area, and his first time shot was just wide of the goal.

United went into the lead on 23 minutes when RHYS MANSELL received a ball from Ryan O’Loughlin and fired high into the net from 20yards giving the keeper no chance.

On 30 minutes United went two up when a ball into the home area was not cleared and ALEX KENDRICK flicked the ball home from 5 yards. Five minutes later it was 3-0 when Kendrick broke down the left and played the ball into KARL MINOR who poked the ball home from close range.

On 38 minutes an O’Loughlin free kick was heading for the top corner when a defender got a head to the ball and went out for a corner. With half time approaching another excellent run down the left by Kendrick resulting in cross which was met by RYAN O’LOUGHLIN at the far post to knock home.

A minute later after a poor clearance by the home keeper O’Loughlin hit the post.

United went in at home time with a 4-0 lead, and after a slow start had dominated the home. The only danger to United came from dead ball situation, however they were dealt with by the home defence of Jamie Lyall, Alex Simpson, Nathan Wetton and Jack Minor giving good cover to keeper Carl Cause.

The second half started the same for United as the first half ended. With a couple of minutes were five up. Good interplay on the edge of the home area finally resulted in Mansell playing in RYAN O’LOUGHLIN who calmly beat the home keeper.

RYAN O’LOUGHLIN completed his hat trick when United were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, and placed his shot wide of the keeper into the corner.

On 65 minutes Jonathon Hodson replaced Karl Minor followed shortly afterwards Aiden Smith replacing Jack Minor.

The home side had their best period of the match in a five minute spell, but the visitors defence stood firm clearing any dangerous balls into the box.

Then 75 minutes following a break down the left by Wetton the ball was played in and KEATON GRAINGER flicked the ball home from close range. On 80 minutes United had 8 on the board when Mansell released RYAN O’LOUGHLIN who beat the defender and placed his shot into the corner for his fourth of the match.

The game ended with a confident win for United to start their season, however there will be stiffer tests in the coming months. It was an excellent team performance from back to front and Karl and Conor Minor and later in the game Jonathon Hodson having control of the midfield.

TEAM: Conor Cause, Jamie Lyall, Jack Minor (Adie Smith), Karl Minor (Jonathon Hodson) Alex Simpson, Nathan Wetton, Alex Kendrick, Conor Minor , Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Rhys Mansell.

MAN OF MATCH: Ryan O’Loughlin


Sutton Rovers vs United (Friendly)



Going into this final pre-season friendly, United had almost a full-strength squad to draw from with only a few faces missing from the line-up. From the start, the young United team took the game to the home side, playing some very attractive flowing football. For the first quarter of an hour, United pressed and pushed Sutton to try gaining the advantage but the home defence stood firm. Finally on 17 minutes, the pace of Dom Murray-Parris proved to be too much when he was able to latch on to a loose ball and then calmly slotted the ball past the hme keeper for the 1st goal of the night. This was nothing more than United deserved for all their pressure. Strangely, against the run of play, Sutton grabbed an equaliser. Whilst still on a high from opening the scoring, United sat back and allowed the Sutton side to work some space, the loose ball found its way to the edge of the area where it was hammered home. 1 - 1.

This seemed to fire up United who then proceeded to grab the game and push harder. Through a combination of solid defensive work and loose passing the game remained tied until the half hour mark when Dom Murray-Parris anticipate a loose pass at the back for Sutton. This left him in acres of space which he used wisely to draw the keeper then slid the ball home. 2-1 United. With half-tie fast approaching, it was that man Dom again who seized a long forward pass to run at the Sutton defence. Calmly rounding the keeper, he slotted home for his hat trick. 3-1 United.

After the restart, the gae had barely kicked off when Dom Murray-Parris yet again used his pace to get on the end of a neat through-ball. He out-stripped the chasing defence to slip the ball under the advancing keeper. 4-1 United. Within a couple of minutes, United had extended their lead even further following som eneat interplay, Dom slipped the ball through to Zak Bray who slotted the ball home from a tight angle. 5-1 United. 

By now, the young United side were brimming with confidence and the play reflected this. Every ball was chased as they sought to add to their lead. Following a loose pass at the back for Sutton, yet again Dom Murray-Parris seized the ball and slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 5 for him and 6 for United. As the game was drawing to a close, an impressive Sam Green was set free by some neat midfield play and a cool head saw him grab his first goal. 7-1 United. Minutes later, United pushed even further ahead. With the keeper closing the angle, a clever lob by Rhys Mansell dropped neatly into the Sutton net. 8-1 United.

As the final whistle approached, a late tackle brought a penalty for United. With the score sitting as it was, United would have been forgiven for taking their foot off the gas. This was clearly not the case. As the ball was placed on the spot Jonny Hodson stepped up to smash the ball into the back of the net to make it 9-1.

An absolutely solid performance from United as they head into the start of the season at the weekend. Everyone played their part in the game and contributed to a fantastic scoreline for the young United side.

"Stamus in Victoria Unita"