Skegness all set for crucial away day tests

Skegness Town are preparing for two tough tests on the road as they look to continue their run of eight league games unbeaten.​
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson.Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson.
Skegness Town manager Chris Rawlinson.

​The Lilywhites go to 13-placed AFC Mansfield on Saturday before then taking on fellow promotion-hopefuls Lincoln United next Tuesday.

And, having just enjoyed a weekend off, boss Chris Rawlinson hopes his players are refreshed and ready for the challenge.

He said: “It was good for the lads to have a weekend off and some family time, and to recharge their batteries and refresh ahead of a really important few days ahead, starting this Saturday.

"I say it most weeks but it’ll be another pivotal week in our season. The focus is only on Mansfield at the moment and to making sure we get a result there.

“I watched them at Eastwood which was really handy and we’ve played them twice already in the FA Cup, so we know it’s going to be a tough test.

"It’s a tough place to go and play football and they have a lot of pace and strength in their side, and they’ve picked up some results recently so are perhaps better than their league position suggests.

"Then we’ll look at Lincoln United who probably are, along with Sherwood, the favourites to win the league, so it’ll be great test for us to go there and see where we’re at.

"A lot will depend on what we do on Saturday. If we get a result then the pressure’s off, but if we don’t then the pressure will be on as we really can’t afford not to pick any points up over the two away games.

"We’re aiming for maximum but if we can get somewhere near that we’ll be more than happy.

"We’re pretty much at full strength for Saturday and then can assess what we need to do for Tuesday, but it’s two great games in terms of where we want to be this season.”

Skegness’s last game was a 4-0 Lincolnshire Senior Trophy win at Brigg Town last Wednesday, with Rawlinson adding: "It was another pleasing performance and another clean sheet, plus all the strikers who played scored, including Leon Mettam with two poacher finishes, Declan Johnson and then Gary King when he came off the bench.

“It’s a competition we want two win so we’ll look forward to a quarter-final tie away at Bottesford.”