Town knocked out of county cup

Horncastle Town goalkeeper Liam Smith and defender Dave Marshall thwart Skegness Town skipper Ben Davison.
Horncastle Town goalkeeper Liam Smith and defender Dave Marshall thwart Skegness Town skipper Ben Davison.

Lincolnshire Junior Cup

Skegness Town 3

Horncastle Town 0

Horncastle Town were knocked out of the Mason Bros Lincolnshire Junior Cup at the fourth-round stage.

Rivals Skegness Town progressed following a 3-0 victory which completed a league and cup double over Horncastle at Burgh Road.

The seasiders had already beaten the Wongers in the Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League on the opening day of the season in August.

In a match spoilt by a swirling wind and tricky conditions underfoot Ben Davison took advantage of a mistimed clearance from Horncastle keeper Liam Smith and rolled the ball into an empty net within the opening 10 minutes.

The Lilywhites then spent the next 15 minutes inviting pressure from their opponents by struggling to clear their lines.

A series of free kicks around the edge of the Skegness penalty area threatened to draw the scores level, but Ashley Bentley smothered an Oliver Johnson set play that was deflected off the defensive wall.

Any concern in the Skegness ranks was eased in the 25th minute when the visitors gift-wrapped the seasiders’ second goal.

A corner from the right from McCauley Parker cleared brother Liam at the near post and keeper Smith and Dave Marshall conspired to divert the ball over the line.

The second half was only five minutes old when Skegness increased their lead.

Luke Rayner-Mistry, who had teased the visiting defence all afternoon, skipped past a number of challenges on the edge of the Horncastle penalty area.

Just when it looked as though he was going to shoot, he dinked a cross to the far post where Will Britton rose to head home.

However, Britton was red carded moments later after a coming together with Marshall, which left the Horncastle defender lying on the floor.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Skegness threat continued and Smith pulled off two superb saves to deny Miles Chamberlain’s free kick and Wade Hurst’s drive.