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 Lions battle back but are edged out in cup thriller



Skegness United 4
Stamford Lions 3


Stamford Lions never totally  recovered from going 3-0 down within 20 minutes and were finally edged out of the Lincs Cup after defeat away at Skegness United. 

Lions made the trip with five players missing from the previous week & it showed in the early stages of the game when Skegness had it all their own way.

A low shot into the bottom corner opened the scoring for the home side before another fine strike & a 30 yard free kick saw them trailing by that three goal margin. 

Luke Ball started the fight back


Luke Ball started the fight back after he was felled in the area and got up to slot home the resultant penalty.

Captain Danny Sheehan then headed in a corner & the Lions were right back in the tie. 

Ball thought he had equalised on the stroke of half time as he followed up a Tom Lees strike to slot in the rebound but the goal was chalked off for offside, a decision strongly disputed by the Lions' striker. 

The equaliser did come in the second half & it was Ball who scored it with an excellent chip shot that looped over the keeper into the net. Lions should have taken the lead but frustrated in front of goal, 

Rob Montgomery headed over before Rob Forster had his goal bound shot well saved. 
Lions were punished for the missed chances when, for the second time in the game, Skegness scored from a free kick 30 yards out.

Despite an all out attacking finish, the Stamfordians could not find an equaliser and the game finished 4-3 

"It's a long trip home after a defeat" said manager James Sheehan. "We seemed very disjointed early on & got punished. It was pouring with rain, the pitch was very small & we were missing a few key players.....so we have those excuses but in all honesty we gifted them a 3-0 head start & obviously that makes a result very difficult to get."
 

Published: 12/09/2017





 
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