Impressive second half showing secures cup win
Stamford Lions progressed to the next round of the Lincolnshire Junior Cup by beating Skegness-based Susie Stars 4-1 on Saturday.
Lions, who went into the match after recording a 2-1 home league victory over Sutton Bridge last week, started the first round clash on the front foot and squandered the opportunity to take an early lead.
Jack Neath first fired into the side netting before Tom Edwards blasted wide from two of several early openings.
The Skegness weather was trying to ruin the game as a blustery cross pitch wind along with some heavy rainfall made passing the ball a difficult task and effected the quality of the game as both sides struggled to link any quality into their games in a poor first period.
The game desperately needed a goal and ten minutes into the second half it came as Tom Cardall controlled a Hayden Rice pass and rifled his shot into the top corner.
The Skegness side responded by coming out of their defensive shell and pushing on the attack.
With an hour played, a swift one-two on the edge of the box was calmly slotted home past keeper John Swales and the scores were once again level.
The game now opened up with both sides looking to attack and Sean Kelly put the Stamford side back in front with an excellent header into the top corner with 15 minutes to play.
This forced Stars to go for broke and surge forward to find another equaliser which suited the Lions who could soak up the pressure and hit their hosts on the counter attack which they did in unforgiving fashion.
Cardall beat the offside trap to fire in his second to make it 3-1 before Edwards raced away from a high defensive line before rounding an on-rushing keeper to slot his shot home and round off the win.
Manager James Sheehan commented: "It was a very cagey first half and you can often get that when two sides know nothing about each other.
"The weather didn’t help as it was a very wet blustery afternoon in Skegness, but we put in a very good second half display and totally deserved the win.
"We would prefer a home tie in the next round, but will have to see how the draw goes."