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Hykeham Town vs Skegness Utd




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.


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.


Lincoln Railway vs Skegness United




United travelled to Lincoln looking to open their account against Railway who had a mid week win over Market Rasen. United made a number of changes from the opening match of the previous week due to availability.

During the opening ten minutes United were the more positive of the sides taking the game to the home side. The first good chance of the game came to United on 13 minutes when two great chances of opening the scoring came when, first Danny Reid was played through but home keeper Adam Ward was quickly off his line to block the shot. The ball then ran loose to Alex Tittcomb whose shot hit a defender on the line.

This spurred Railway to come more into the game with Shipman and Mowbray up front looking to open up the United defence, however they found no way through with Ross Muirhead and Jamie Lyall standing firm in the centre of defence. Their persistence almost paid off on 20 minutes however when the home side came close to opening their account with a shot from outside the area which crashed against the crossbar and was cleared. Six minutes later Mowbray made himself room in the area, however his shot hit the side netting.

By now the game was end-to-end with Troy Lonslow, who was causing problems to the home defender beat his marker and sent over a cross which was met by Arron Scutt whose shot was well saved by Ward.

At this point of the game, United had gained the upper hand again and on 40 minutes United had another chance to open the scoring when Reid was played in but once again Ward produced an excellent save to deny the young United forward. A minute later the age changed. After some clever play United were awarded a penalty for a foul on Harry Ginniff and, from the spot kick JAKE PORTAS sent Ward the wrong way. 1-0 United.

The pressure continued from United straight from the kick off when, one minute later Lonslow broke down the right and brought another good save from Ward. United could feel an opening and, with half time approaching DANNY REID had another one on one with Ward who could not hold the ball, and Reid knocked the loose ball home from a narrow angel. The half ended with United going in 2-0 up.

The second started with the game going from end to end, however it was United who had the first real chance of the second half when a free kick from Kyle Howitt was blocked in the six yard box. Railway tried to rally on 55 minutes when the home side had a chance but a goal bound shot was diverted for a corner from which nothing resulted. The home side were always looking to get back into the game however they could not penetrate the United defence with Josh Clarke if front of them adding protection. At this point it was the visitors who were creating the chances with Ginniff shooting wide when well placed, and then Scutt brought a good save out of Ward.

On 75 minutes Tomm Pickett had a chance when he shot wide when Ward failed to hold onto the ball. Shortly after, Jamie Wolstenholme was sent free down the left, however failed to find Pickett who had an open goal to aim at. Lincoln had their best chance of the match when Mowbray had a clear run on goal but put his shot high over the bar.

In the final minute United went three up when Jordan Turner played a ball over the Lincoln defence for TOMM PICKETT to run onto and he won the ball with Ward and knocked the ball into the empty net. Manager Gary Edgley said afterwards 'I think after last week’s result many people that weren't at the game would have seen the result and thought that Utd would struggle this season, but I have put a lot of faith in the young players I have bought to the club and they are the future for us. Saturday’s performance was very good and you could see the confidence the players have are in themselves and in each other is growing . We played some great football and attacked Lincoln throughout the game. The only disappointment for me was that we should have won by a lot more.'

An excellent all round team performance from United to win the three points.

TEAM: Travis Portas, Jake Portas, Kyle Howitt, Jamie Lyall, Ross Muirhead, Josh Clarke, Arron Scutt, Harry Ginniff (Jordan Turner), Alex Tittcomb(Tom Pickett), Danny Reid and Troy Lonslow (Jamie Wolstenholme).

MotM - Troy Lonslow

"Stamus in Victoria Unita"