Denaby Utd – Denaby 3, Skegness town 1 – Denaby Win at Last !

February 1965

South Yorkshire Times February 13th 1965

Denaby United 3, Skegness town 1

What a team, what a game, what a WIN! After 28 matches, roughly 2,520 minutes of heartbreaking football without one single victory, Denaby United brought the bluebirds back to Tickhill Square on Saturday, beating Skegness Town 3-1.

And it was Skegness who for the major part of this match looked the part of a bottom-of-the-league side.

How long those elusive bluebirds will remain at the Square remains to be seen. Let it suffice for the moment to say that on Saturday Denaby as usual showed all the determination and sheer backbreaking endeavour that has earned them praise from so many league sides, despite their appalling record. What was different about United this time, was that it was they who for most of the 90 minutes’ play were the quicker side, on and off the ball, and in the tackles.

Skegness, like Denaby at Grantham a week earlier, were always one and a half moves behind, and never found their stride after Denaby kicked off like men possessed. From the first kick Smith raced forward, received a pass from Hayden, and pushed it out to inside left Trevor Whittaker, who shot just wide.

Four minutes after the start, a drive down the centre by Woodger found its way to outside left DAVID WHITTAKER, who volleyed home from point blank range.

What really settled the encounter was a 34th minute goal from inside right HAYDEN. The former Bourne player pulled off a wonderful flying header after a Smith drive across the goalmouth. It was the kind of goal to give any team heart.

Then 19 minutes after half-time Hayden hammered in a 20-yard shot which rebounded into the net off WHITWORTH. The Skegness left back was unfortunate to get in the way, for it was Hayden’s goal all the way.

Skegness fought back in the last 20 minutes, stimulated by a 70th minute goal by centre-forward McGUIGAN, but it was too late. Denaby had done too much to earn their victory to let it be torn from their grasp by last minute blusterings, as has been the case in the past.

There were no Denaby stars on Saturday. They were just a fine team.

Teams and ratings:
Denaby United: Cooke 8, Harvey 7, Cox 7, Smart 8, Hinton 7, Woodhouse 7, Smith 7, Hayden 8, Kelly 7, Whittaker, T. 7, Whittaker, D. 8.
Skegness: Crawford 6, Richardson 6, Whitworth 6, Pode 6, Long 6, Lilly 6, Williams 6, Pearce 6, McGuigan 7, Campbell 6, Swift 6.
Referee: Mr. B. Martin (Dronfield) 7.