FOOTBALL: Andy lays the Law down as Pinchbeck reach semi

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SKEGNESS UNITED 1 PINCHBECK UNITED 2: ANDY Law fired both goals as Pinchbeck roared into the semi-finals of the Lincs Junior Cup on Saturday.

The midfielder put his side ahead from the penalty spot after Dan Woods was clearly fouled in the box, before a sloppy clearance from keeper Lee Drury allowed Skegness to level through Andy Hallam’s fine finish.

Law settled the tie soon after though, heading home from a free-kick to book Pinchbeck’s second county semi in as many years. Skegness finished the game with ten men, as Callum Hyland was dismissed after receiving a second yellow for a foul.

Billed as a clash between the two favourites for the county competition, Ian Dunn’s side will now fancy their chances of going one better than last year.

Player/boss Dunn said: “This was the toughest game left in the competition, so we understand people will view us as favourites now.

“It was never going to be a great game because of the conditions, but we soaked up their long balls well and I couldn’t see them scoring unless we made another mistake.”

Skegness’ joint manager Mark Hallam, said: “We had a fabulous crowd behind us and were disappointed we did not perform as well as we know we can.

“Having said that, all the big decisions went against us and the players found it difficult to mentally deal with some of the decisions that were made. However, we wish Pinchbeck all the best.”

Pinchbeck will travel to Market Rasen in the next round after they beat Moulton Harrox 2-1 on Saturday. The tie will be played on February 4, with kick off 2.30pm.

Dunn added: “Obvioulsy Rasen beat Moulton, but they are in the same league and Skegness and quite a few places below.

“It’s a chance to reach a final and a game we’ll be considered favourites for.”

• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a preview of Pinchbeck’s derby at Moulton Harrox on Saturday.