FOOTBALL: Extra time heartache for battling Coningsby FC

Coningsby FC's two-goal striker Tom Sewell in action against County Cup opponents Skegness United on Saturday: Photo: Oscarpix Imaging
Coningsby FC's two-goal striker Tom Sewell in action against County Cup opponents Skegness United on Saturday: Photo: Oscarpix Imaging

Coningsby FC 3-4 Skegness United

Battling Coningsby came within seconds of springing a major shock in their Lincolnshire County Junior Cup tie against much fancied Skegness United at the Allan Barker Field on Saturday.

The form-book suggested Skegness would wipe the floor with the home team but to their credit, Coningsby had other ideas.

They led 3-0 at one stage and although they were pegged back to 3-3, Skegness needed an extra time goal to go through to the next round.

Coningsby took the lead in the tenth minute when Tom Sewell chipped the ball over the head of the Skegness ‘keeper.

On the half hour mark, Sewell struck again after hammering a re-bound from a free kick into the back of the net.

Skegness spent the rest of the first half throwing everything at the Reds but they could not breakdown a determined defence.

The pattern of the game continued for the opening 20 minutes of the second half before Coningsby went three up, courtesy of an own goal from the Skegness ‘keeper.

That seemed to stir the visitors into frenzied action and they scored three times in ten minutes,

All three goals came from the left flank and Coningsby eventually plugged the gap in their defences to force the game into extra time.

The tiring home side were somehow managing to hold out against the younger visitors and everyone present was expecting a penalty shoot-out.

However, Skegness mounted a last-minute attack and to a sizzling volley from the edge of the box flew past Coningsby’s Andy Yeomans to steal the game.