FOOTBALL: Skegness narrowly edge past Horncastle despite Wood’s heroics

Horncastle Town 1 Skegness Town 2

The windswept Wong was the venue for Skegness Town’s latest success.

Horncastle ‘keeper William Wood made two superb first half saves to keep the scoresheet blank at the break, firstly denying Liam Papworth and then smothering a chance he had gifted to Jake Gibson.

But two minutes after the interval Gibson responded with the opening goal, a superb lob over Wood from 25-yards.

On the hour the seasiders were two up, courtesy of a Josh Bartlett penalty, awarded for Wood’s challenge at the feet of Gibson.

The Wongers halved the deficit in the 70th minute when Nathan Rawdon fired home from 10-yards as the Lilywhites struggled in the blustery conditions to clear a corner from the left.

There were chances at both ends after that. Papworth dragged his shot across the face of Wood’s goal and Gibson broke into the home box down the left, but crashed the ball into the side-netting.

Free kicks conceded by the seasiders at the other end gave the home side hope and Ricky Lovelace in the Skegness goal had to tip a couple over from under his cross bar.

Then two minutes from the end Horncastle’s Tony Edwards managed to get a yard on his marker for the first time in the game, but fired his left foot shot just wide.