Nettleham 2 Cleethorpes Town 2
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Nettleham's best performance so far with Cleethorpes fortunate to get a point aided in the second half by the inside of a post then a late unpunished handball deflection round the post, admitted by the player as a reflex reaction. (Nettleham report)
Cleethorpes Town dropped their first points of the season on Wednesday night, drawing 2-2 at Nettleham. The home side went ahead in the first half through Lee Beesley but Darren Hanslip levelled the scores as half time approached.Luke Mascall gave the Owls the lead for the first time in the second period but Beesley scored late on to deny Cleethorpes a ninth straight league win of the season. Cleethorpes boss Andy Liddell made four changes to his starting line-up. Luke Mascall returned from suspension, while there were also starts for Gary Cross, Jimmy Read and Lewis Wilson. Matthew Coleman, Jonathan Oglesby, Paul Goodhand and Luke Neul dropped out.
After an even start, Nettleham had the first chance of the game, Darren Hanslip sliding well to block a goalbound effort at the edge of the Cleethorpes area. The Owls’ first chance came when Ricky Belding found space on the edge of the home team’s area, but his strike was saved. The deadlock was broken when Cleethorpes failed to deal with a cross into the area - Nettleham’s Beesley heading into the back of the net. Liddell’s side were struggling to find any rhythm in their play in the first half, finding it hard to settle at Mulsanne Park. Lewis Wilson was arguably the Owls’ most threatening player and he nearly provided the creative spark to get his team level, sending a magnificent ball towards Gary Cross but the winger couldn’t find the target with his effort. Cleethorpes did tie the scores as half-time neared. Belding, who had just gone close with a snap-shot, picked up the ball from deep and slid a pinpoint pass through for Hanslip who gratefully grabbed his third of the season.
And the Owls went ahead on the other side of half time –Mascall heading down into the right hand corner of the goal after a good delivery to make it 2-1. Mascall was beginning to show sparks of the energy he had displayed in the weeks prior to his suspension, again breaking free from the Nettleham defence, only to see his shot blocked by the goalkeeper. Boss Liddell introduced Brodie Robertson for Belding halfway through the half and the change almost reaped immediate rewards when the youngster sprinted clear and crossed the ball for Mascall. His effort was off target though. Another substitute, Reece Newell, also had a chance to seal victory for the visitors but blazed over from a rebound after Robertson had seen an attempt parried. With the clock ticking down, Nettleham grabbed a deserved equaliser. Cleethorpes were again exposed by a ball into the box, Beesley taking charge of a goalmouth scramble to smash the ball home.
Cleethorpes remain two points clear at the top of the Lincolnshire League with two games in hand. (Cleethorpes Town report)