19 August 2017
OLD DONINGTONIANS 0 SKEGNESS UNITED 2
United started a new season in the Boston League Division 1 after making the move from the East Lincolnshire Combination League during the close season.
Although missing a number of regular players United came away from Donington with three well-deserved points. The match kick off was delayed 30 minutes due to the non-arrival of the match referee. An official from the Donington team took over the referring duties and came out of the match with full honours.
United started the brighter of the teams and from the kick off took the match to the home side. For the first 20 minutes it was the home goalkeeper who kept the score line blank with some excellent saves. Then United broke the deadlock when a through ball to Callum Barlow making his debut was knocked home as the keeper came of his line.
The style of the match continued for the rest of the half with a combination of United not taking their chances and the excellent form of the home goalkeeper who at times appeared to be taking on the United team single handed. Very little had been seen of the home side as an attacking force until they began to get more into the game by the half time whistle.
United went in a half time with a one goal lead, however on reflection should have had the game out of sight.
Donington started the second half more of an attacking force and began to put in some testing crosses mainly from set pieces into the United box. On a couple of occasion the ball flashed across the United penalty area with no one on hand to add the final touch. United were always dangerous on the counter attack, however in their eagerness to increase their lead found themselves in an off side position on a number of occasion. The visitors were the more likely side to add to the score line and had a couple of penalty appears turned down and hit the crossbar on two occasions. Finally United increased their lead with fifteen minutes to go, and this appeared to settle them down and remainder of the game had further half chances to increase their lead.
Overall it was a satisfactory start the season considering the number of players not available. The score line would have been larger if not for the home keeper who must have made his quote of saves for the whole season
Man of Match: John Courtney