LINCOLNSHIRE PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2015
HYKEHAM TOWN 4 SKEGNESS UNITED 1
For the second week United made a trip to Lincoln, this time to play Hykeham Town. (This was a quick return fixture with Hykeham winning at Skegness on the open day fixture.)
Once again United had to make changes due to availability and this gave George Hobbins the opportunity to come into the side for his first start.
Hykeham started the match at a fast pace and after around 7 minutes took the lead when from a corner MIKE SULLIVAN rose above the United defence to head home.
United’s first positive move of the match came on 12 minutes when a move between Hobbins, Troy Lonslow, and Arron found Harry Ginniff, however his final pass was too long for Daniel Reid to reach.
On 15 minutes Hykeham went two up from the penalty spot. From another corner the referee deemed that Alex Tittcomb had pushed a Hykeham player in the area. There was no appeal for a penalty from Hykeham and the visitors were amazed at the decision.
From the resulting spot kick CHRIS FUNNELL sent Travis Portas the wrong way with his kick.
The game for the first twenty minutes had more or less been all Hykeham, however from this point United began to come more into the game and Troy Lonslow was causing Hykeham problems with runs down the right.
Until the half time whistle the game was more even, however Hykeham always looked the more likely side to score the next goal.
United went in at half time still with a chance to get something from the game.
The visitors needed to be solid for the first 15 minutes to enable them to get back into the game, however with 10 minutes gone fell three behind. A cross ball from the right went across the goal and ROBIN NEWMAN unmarked at the far post knocked the ball home.
On 60 minutes United got themselves back in the game and again it was a goal from a corner. TROY LONSLOW rose above the Hykeham defence to head high into the net over the keeper.
From this point United had their best spell of the game finding space on both flacks through Reid and Lonslow, however they lacked the final touch in front of goal. Hykeham always looked dangerous on the break, and on a couple of occasions the ball was bouncing around the United’s 6 yard box before they finally cleared.
Then in the last minute Hykeham scored their fourth. United had the ball close to the touch line when the assistant flagged for a throw in. The ball was clearly two feet in play, however United failed to organise and MIKE SULLIVAN went on to score his second of the match from the resulting throw in.
Overall it was a much better performance from United against the opening day match against Hykeham. The home side deserved their victory and it will need to be a good side to take the title away from them.
TEAM: Travis Portas, Jake Portas, Kyle Howitt, Alex Tittcomb, Corey Cunliffe, Josh Clarke, Arron Scutt, George Hobbins, Harry Ginniff, Danny Reid (Joshua Harris), and Troy Lonslow.
Man of Match: Troy Lonslow.
Next Saturday (12th Sept ) United are on their travels again when they visit CGB Humbertherm with a 3pm kick off.
NORTH THORESBY 2 SKEGNESS UNITED DEV 6
The Development side started their league programme with an away fixture at North Thoresby. The young side went into the game expecting a tough fixture against a side who had last season played in a higher division and who would no doubt be looking to bounce back.
From the kick off it became clear United were up for the game and would be the team to cause problems. Clever play between Pickett, Wolstenholme, and Charles early on caused problems for the Thoresby defence with Pickett in particular being lively in the final third. Pickett opened the scoring with an excellent shot which left the keeper no chance. From this point, United dominated the game. Marcus Leatherland doubled United’s lead with a bullet header direct from the corner.
Against the run of play, North Thoresby got themselves into the game. A slip at the back left a loose ball and the Thoresby forward took advantage. A snap shot flew into the United net making it 2-1. United responded soon after with Jamie Wolstenholme scoring the first of his 3 goals.
For the remainder of the game, it was United who pressed with the Thoresby crossbar being rattled on 3 separate occasions and shots flying over the bar numerous times too.
The introduction of Josh Nwokobia brought more misery for Thoresby with some clever play. The young United side continued to pile on the pressure and, despite another opportunist goal for Thoresby, United pushed on. Further goals from United from Josh Nwokobia and a further two from Jamie Wolstenholme rounded the score off at 6-2. An excellent start for the young side.
Next Saturday (12th Sept) they are at Wainfleet Road to welcome Louth Old Boys Vets with a 2.30pm kick off.