EPWORTH TOWN 5 SKEGNESS UNITED 1
For the second week United were involved in a high scoring match in this second round Lincs Junior Cup match. However this time they were on the wrong end of the scoreline.
The scoreline does not do justice to United who played a major part in the match, but the home side took their chances when they arose.
Epworth started the match on the front foot with United playing against a stiff breeze. The first strike on goal came from United on 10 minutes, but Keaton Granger’s shot lacked power and was easily save by home keeper Scott Burdett.
Shortly afterwards United had a great chance to take the lead when Danny Wilkes was played through by Ryan O’Loughlin, however in trying to round Burdett, the keeper snatched the ball from him.
Although the home side were seeing plenty of the ball, they failed to produce any real danger to Jack Minor’s goal. Epworth did have a half chance when a long range shot hit the bar, but the danger was saved.
Zak Bray broke free down the right for United, but was crowed out before getting a shot in. On 22 minutes United took the lead when good play between Bray and Wilkes ended in the latter releasing Keaton Granger on the left who beat Burdett has he advanced from his goal.
The home side drew level with half time approaching a long range shot hit the back of Danny Wager and left Minor with no chance of saving.
Both sides went in at half time with all to play for, and on reflection United had the better of the chances during the half although the home side having more of the ball.
Within three minutes after the break Epworth went into the lead. The ball crossed the United area a couple of times before GARY MOMENT knocked the ball home from close range. During the build up to the goal Sam Sleight had to leave the field and replaced by Jack Bradley. This resulted in United losing their midfield defensive cover which had an effect on the final result.
On 55 minutes O’Loughlin had a half chance but could not get the ball from under his feet and the chance had gone. On 60 minutes the home side went three up when JOE JACKSON headed home from inside the six yard box.
Five minutes later Epworth scored number four when Jamie Lyall was harshly adjusted to have given away a penalty. From the resulting spot kick JOE JACKSON sent Minor the wrong way.
United were moving the ball well in midfield, however could not open up the home defence to cause problems for Burdett in the home goal. O’Loughlin was only inches away with a free kick.
Epworth were finding space in midfield with United losing Sleight has the defensive cover, and this resulted in the fifth goal with ten minutes to go. NATHAN BARNETT was played through and placed his shot pass Minor has he came of his line.
Epworth deserved to move into the next round based on their second half display, although United played their part in an entertaining game. The home side are an experienced side with two good central defenders. They have not had the best of times in their own league, and therefore shows the strength of the Scunthorpe League.
Team: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Jamie Lyall, Daniel Wager, Sam Sleight (Jack Bradley), Daniel Wilkes, John Courtney, Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Zak Bray
Man of Match: Ryan O’Loughlin