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Grimoldby vs Skegness Utd Development Squad

For the second week in a row, Skegness Utd Development Squad travelled to Grimoldby, this time in the E&M Trophy. As with previous games, this turned out to be a fantastic cup tie played in good spirits by two teams playing open attacking football in what proved to be difficult conditions.

The first 15 minutes saw the back 4 of Hayes, Leatherland, Reid and Ashwell soak up the pressure from the home team, but it was Skegness who scored first on 15 minutes when a through ball from Matt Charles found Dom Murray-Parris who slotted home from 12 Yards 1-0 to United. This lead was to be short-lived. Almost from the kick off, Grimoldby drew level to make it1-1. This seemed to spur United into action and the midfield of Briggs , Paul, Charles, Walker and Murray-Paris took control of the game playing some neat football. This resulted in a clean finish from Tomm Pickett following neat football from Matt Charles and Daniel Briggs which saw United finish the half going in 2-1 ahead

In the 2nd half both teams emerged looking for the win, with the home team out-playing united for 30 minutes scoring two good goals. With United 3-2 down, the change that affected the game was made; two substitutions - Alex Kendrick and Jamie Wolstenholme were made. The impact was almost instant. United used Murray and Kendrick on each flank to stretch the home team`s defence. This allowed Jamie Wolstenholme to score with two clinical finishes. With United 4-3 ahead and cruising towards the final whistle and the next round, Tomm Picket rounded of a good afternoon for the visitors with a low drive with seconds remaining. This sees the United Development Squad with the chance for a league and cup Double in their first season.

Wyberton vs Skegness Utd (Supplementary Cup)




United were playing their second match in Group A of the Supplementary Cup and also the second match against Wyberton in the same group.

With Ross Muirhead and Kyle Howitt unavailable Harry Ginniff and Danny Reid came back into the starting line up.

The home side had two half chances in the first three minutes from Danny White and Jon Macleod and on both occasions, Travis Portas saved their efforts. However it did not take Wyberton long to take the lead when on 6 minutes LEE ORREY broke down the left and as Portas came out he slotted his shot passed him.

On 10 minutes Michael Gardner had a shot on target, which took a deflection over the bar for a corner. Then another corner a minute later was cleared off the line by United.

Wyberton went two up on 14 minutes when Jamie Elston’s shot was blocked by Portas however, LEE ORREY was on hand to knock the loose ball home from close range. United’s first attack on the home defence came on 20 minutes when Troy Lonslow broke down the right and his cross was cleared for a corner. Up to this point Martin Louth in the home goal had no direct shot to save.

Two minutes later Portas was in action again saving low down. Harry Ginniff produced United’s first shot at goal on 30 minutes however it was well off the target. At this point United began to come more into the game and a good run by Danny Reid released Louis Sae-be but Louth was quickly off his line to gather the through ball.

On 35 minutes another chance came the way of United following a free kick by Sae-be the ball found its way to Jake Portas whose misplaced shot went wide. During the last third of the half United had been more involved in the game without causing Louth in the home goal any problems. Just on half time Ben Jaques was just wide for Wyberton with a toe-poke shot wide of the upright.

United went in at half time with plenty to do in the second half if they wanted to get back into the game.

At the start of the second half United made changes in positions with Reid and Corey Cunliffe pushing forward, and Jake Portas and George Hobbins dropping into the back line. The first chance of the second half came the way of the home side when Orrey broke down the left, but his shot hit the side netting.

United’s first shot of the second half came from Sae-be on 50 minutes which took a deflection for a corner, and from the resulting corner kick Cunliffe was over the bar with his header. On 60 minutes United had their best chance of the game when the ball found its way to Dom Goddard and with the goal open to him fired over the bar.

On 75 minutes a good flowing movement by the visitors resulted in Reid firing over the bar. On 84 minutes the home side went three up when substitute Dan Maddison received the ball on the edge of the area – made room for himself and although Portas got an hand to his shot could not prevent it finding the corner of the net.

The second half had been 100% better for United and they matched their opponents, however the damage had been done in the opening 20 minutes.

Team: Travis Portas, Alex Kendrick, Danny Reid, Arun Gray, Corey Cunliffe, Jake Portas, George Hobbins, Harry Ginniff, Troy Lonslow (Tom Pickett), Louis Sae-be and Dom Goddard.

Unused Sub: Chase Maddison.

MotM: Corey Cunliffe.

United vs Ruston Sports



United went into the game against the side one place below them in the league knowing a victory would move them away from the lower reaches of the league.

With Danny Reid unavailable Dominic Goddard came into the line up and Alex Kendrick replacing Archie Paul.

By the time the gamed kicked off, the rain had ceased and the first goalmouth action came on 3 minutes when a dangerous cross from the visitors across the United six yard box eluded everyone and went out for a goal kick. Two minutes later, it was the turn of United to come close when Troy Lonslow laid the ball back to Kyle Howitt whose cross/shot hit the top of the crossbar.

On 8 minutes United thought they had taken the lead when a cross was sent over by Goddard and Lonslow on the far post knocked the ball home past visiting keeper McCleaf however, an assistant flag ruled Lonslow offside. Moments later, Ruston’s had a shot turned round the post by Travis Portas, and from the resulting corner Patrick Jack should have made more of his header instead of missing the target.

The game was going from end to end by this point but, on 15 minutes United took the lead when from a free kick 20 yards out LOUIS SAEBE fired through the wall and into the corner of the net. On 20 minutes another half chance came the way of the visitors when from a free kick they headed wide. By now the game was more United and on 30 minutes Lonslow, who whenever he had the ball caused problems to the Ruston defence laid the ball to Saebe whose shot was pushed out by McCleaf.

Another chance for the visitors came on 35 minutes when a break by Ruston’s resulting in Portas having to save at the expense of a corner. After 43 minutes HARRY GINNIFF replaced the injured Lonslow and within a minute had increased United’s lead when a delightful through ball by Saebe was collected by Ginniff who made room for himself before slotting past McCleaf. Then a minute later Ruston’s could have reduced the lead with a shot that hit the top of the bar.

It had been an all action first half with United taking their chances when they arrived.

Ruston’s started the second half on the front foot and after a couple of minutes had a shot on target but lacked power and was easily saved by Portas. On 55 minutes United went three up when a delightful cross from Ginniff was met at the far post by GEORGE HOBBINS who fired home high into the net.

For the next 10 minutes the game went end to end without either keeper being troubled until a first time shot coming from a Ruston’s player hitting the bar. On 76 minutes United scored number four when a free kick from LOUIS SAEBE way out on the left eluded everyone including keeper McCleaf and settled in the back of the net.

Until the final whistle half chances went both ways without any addition to the score, and United secured the three points. Manager Gary Edgley commented 'I've been asking the lads to pull together and for the first time this season they all did. It is taking longer than I had hoped to get all these new young players to gel together but it's now starting, and all the hard work being done by everyone associated with the club was rewarded with that performance and result on Saturday.

Team: Travis Portas, Kyle Howitt, Alex Kendrick, Arun Gray, Ross Muirhead, Corey Cunliffe, Jake Portas, (Jamie Wolstenholme) George Hobbins, Troy Lonslow, (Harry Ginniff) , Louis Saebe, and Dominic Goddard.

Man of the Match (joint) Kyle Howitt & Corey Cunliffe

Next Saturday United are away to Wyberton in a Supplementary Cup Group match. Kick off 2pm.



The Development side continued their winning ways with a high scoring 6 - 4 win at Hartwell Rovers (Grimsby). The young Skegness squad imposed themselves on the game from the start with quick passing and accurate finishing. Half time saw the Development Squad lead by 4 - 1. Throughout the match, the home side were physical in their approach which resulted in United suffering a number of injuries, United's Josh Clarke had to be taken to hospital with ligament damage. The second half saw Hartwell force themselves into the match but the young United team held strong. United goals came from Tom Pickett (3), Josh Clarke (2) and new signing Joshua Appiah. A result which keeps United at the top of the league.






United started their journey in the Junior Cup with a second round match against Old Doningtonians from the Division One of the Boston League.

The first effort on goal from either side came on 7 minutes from a free kick for United, however Louis Saebe’s shot was well over the bar. The best chance of the game came on 14 minutes to the visitors when Ross Muirhead was caught in procession and Chris Grimmer had a clear run at goal, but Corey Cunliffe came in with an excellent tackle to clear for a corner.

From the resulting corner the visitors took the lead when centre back WAYNE FOSTER headed home.

The next minute a chance came the way of United when a cross from the right by Danny Reid was met at the far post by Troy Lonslow however his header hit the side netting. At this stage of the game United had control and on 25 minutes Muirhead was just over the bar with a header from a corner.

A minute later United drew level when a through ball sent Saebe clear, however Jamie Dolby in the visitor’s goal beat him to the ball but sent it straight to DANNY REID who placed his shot into the empty net.

The game returned to the other end when from a free kick the ball flashed across the face of the goal and on the ball took a deflection for a corner. From the resulting corner United had to clear of their goal line. Then Muirhead won the ball in his own half and attacked the visitors beating two players on the way before his shot was over the bar.

Then it was the turn of Jake Portas to try his hand at a shot which was turned over the bar by Dolby. Then a shot from George Hobbins was straight into the hands of Dolby.

United thought they had taken the lead two minutes into the second half when a cross by Harry Ginniff was knocked home by Saebe. After referee Webster had awarded the goal he then disallowed it on the advice of the visitor’s assistant referee.

Then on 50 minutes United had a two chances to take the lead and on both occasions the ball was cleared from the goal line. In the space of 4 minutes United made two changes due to injuries with Danny Reid and Troy Lonslow coming off for Tom Pickett and Archie Paul.

In a rare visitors attack Travis Portas had to tip a shot over the ball. Then Hobbins from a free kick found Pickett whose shot was just over the bar. Then on 65 minutes from a Jake Portas free kick Paul hit the top of the bar.

At this stage of the game the traffic was all one way towards the visitor’s goal, however United could not find the final touch. Pickett was making some good runs down both wings but could not find the break though.

With the game about to enter extra time the visitors when down to 10 men following a second yellow card.

At the start of extra time Donington were down to 9 men due to an injury and all the subs being used. United finally took the lead towards the first period of the extra time when JAKE PORTAS blasted a free kick home from 6 yards.

United took total control in the second period with goals from GEORGE HOBBINS and in the final minute from TOM PICKETT.

Afterwards, manager Gary Edgley commented ‘After going a goal behind which was against the run of play it was a good response from the lads to get level before half time. I thought we defended well and had plenty of possession, probably 75% of the game, but our final ball wasn't good enough and with Old Dons having 5 across the back we needed a bit more composure than we had. I'm hoping this result will give this young team a platform to build on and push on from here.’


United now await the draw for the 3rd round.

Team: Travis Portas, Arun Gray, Kyle Howitt, Corey Cunliffe, Ross Muirhead, George Hobbins, Jake Portas, Troy Lonslow (Archie Paul), Danny Reid (Tom Pickett), Louis Sabe and Harry Ginniff.

Next Saturday United are at home to Brigg Town Res – 3pm kick off.


Skegness United Development side got back into winning ways when they visited Sutton –on- Sea Vets and came away with a 3 – 1 win. Goals coming from Donnavon Bailey, Jamie Kilner and Jamie Wolsenholme.

Next Saturday the Development side are also at home to Holton United – 2.30pm kick off.






United went into this league match hoping to maintain their 100% record against second in the league Grimoldby.

United started on the front foot and could have gone a goal up in the opening three minutes when Tom Pickett was played in, however the visitors goalkeeper was quickly off his line to block the shot.

The half continued with the home side having another three one on one chances with the keeper - two from Pickett and one from Sam Walker along with a number of half chances. Each time the visitors keeper came to their rescue However, it was not all one way with the visitors having half chances of their own.

Grimoldby should have scored when a ball across the United area was sliced wide when it appeared easier to score.

Then with half time approaching Grimoldby took the lead when from a corner the home defence failed to clear and PHIL STEEL nipped in to score from three yards.

United at half time instead of having a comfortable lead found themselves a goal down and work to do in the second half.

At the start of the half United brought on Corey Cunliffe and Matt Davies for Daniel Briggs and Jamie Wolstenholme.

For 90% of the half United attacked the Grimoldby goal however could not find a way past the visitors goalkeeper along with the help of some resolute defending. As the game wore on United restored to long range shots which were off target or straight at the keeper. It was only in the last 10 minutes that Grimoldby came back into the game.

Then with seconds remaining United had a good chance to take something from the game. From a corner Pickett found himself with a clear shot on goal, however from 3 yards shot straight into the keeper’s arms.

This victory for Grimoldby moved them above United to take top spot in the table.

Team: Ryan Thompson, Arun Gray, Richie Haynes, Dan Howitt, Alex Kendrick, Archie Paul , Sam Walker (Jamie Kilner), Daniel Briggs (Matt Davies), Josh Clarke, Tom Pickett and Jamie Wolstenholme (Corey Cunliffe)

Alford Town vs Skegness Utd Development



The Development side continued their excellent start to the season with a Timothy Sales Trophy win over first division Alford. The home side included former United players in Andy Reeson and Jason Callaby.

Alford open the scoring in the first half with a goal against the run of play. A hopefull ball forward dropped close to goal but the loose ball was prodded home. This spurred United on and took the game straight to Alford fro the restart. Soon after, on 30 minutes Tom Pickett levelled the score with a shot from 25 yards which deceived the home keeper and flew into the net. 1-1.

On 60 minutes United got what they fully deserved. After great build-up play, from 20 yards Jamie Wolstenholme curled a beautiful shot into the top corner to seal the win for the visitors. The remainder of the game was played out with United continuing to push for a third goal but Alford held strong. Despite a late scare, United move into the second round after a well-deserved victory against a strong Alford team.

Team: Dan Howitt, Archie Paul, Donnavon Bailey, Daniel Briggs, Josh Clarke, Matt Davies, Tom Pickett, Sam Walker, Jamie Wolstenholme, Dom Murray-Parris, and Richie Hayes.

Subs: Jamie Kilner and Chris Brookes.

"Stamus in Victoria Unita"