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