SKEGNESS UNITED 2 WOODHALL SPA UNITED 3
This was one of the games during December would could have a say in the league title for United. The other being next week’s match at Sibsey.
United included in the match day squad two former United players - Ben Drysdale and Josh Clarke.
The game started with two goals in the open ten minutes. On eight minutes it was the visitors who took the lead when misunderstanding in the United defence allowed the striker to slip the ball home.
However, within a minute United were back on level terms, when the ball was played through to RYAN O’LOUGHLIN who slammed home from the edge of the area giving visiting keeper Andy Money no chance.
The game continued in the same fashion for the rest of the half with both sides looking to attack at every opportunity. With half time approaching Alex Kendrick in the home goal had to produce a fantastic save to keep the score level.
The first half had been entertaining with both sides producing neat passing football, and both keepers making good saves.
The second half started as the first with Woodhall taking the lead with an early goal. A loose ball was seized on by a Woodhall striker who fired into the corner of the net.
With around 25 minutes to go the visitors increased their lead when from a corner a Woodhall player was left unmarked in the six yard box and headed home.
United quickly got back into the game when a great strike from KIERAN RAYNER-MISTRY on the edge of the area left visiting keeper Money no chance.
United were under the impression they had drawn level when O’Loughlin fired home, however the referee disallowed the goal to award a free kick to United when there was a clear advantage to the home side.
At this stage of the game it was all United, however they had to be aware of the counter attacks from the visitors and Kendrick had to be at his best to make two good saves. The main source of attack for the visitor’s came from their speedy winger Blake Keiveally-Forrester.
Then Money had to be at his best to turn round an O’Loughlin free kick.
At the end of the game it was Woodhall who took the three points and move themselves up the table, and are now in a better points position than United.
Team: Alex Kendrick, Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Daniel Wager, Anthony Miller, Jamie Lyall, Sam Sleight, Dom Lyons, Ben Drysdale (Josh Clarke), John Courtney, Ryan O’Loughlin and Keaton Grainger.
Unused Sub: Daniel Howitt
Hogdkinson’s Man of Match: Alex Kendrick