FOOTBALL: Humbertherm take cup revenge on Mablethorpe Athletic

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Mablethorpe Athletic 1-2 Humbertherm Reserves

Humbertherm Reserves avenged their defeat against Mablethorpe in the East Lincs Cup with a win in the Town Trophy.

These sides last met in the East Lincs Cup semi final and Mablethorpe won 2-1 to reach the final. This time Humbertherm won by the same score in the Town Trophy quarter final.

It was another close encounter between two evenly matched teams. All the goals were scored in an exciting first 23 minutes before an ordinary 67 minutes.

Humbertherm’s Peter Herriman opened the scoring inside two minutes with a shot from 10-yards. Jamie Pittam did well to get his fingertips to the ball – not quite enough to keep it out though.

Mablethorpe responded well to the early setback and equalized on 17 minutes through Anthony Parnell on his return to the club. The young forward ran onto Paul Mail’s ball over the top and his perfectly weighted chip looped into the net.

Robin Beecroft restored the host’s lead just six minutes later with a low drive from the edge of the box. A high scoring game was on the cards, but there were no further goals.

There were more chances though – one of those was for Lee Twigg who fired narrowly off target from Adam Cannon’s corner. Cannon himself then stung the palms of Craig Ritchie shortly before half time.

There was nearly a goal seconds after the interval. Humbertherm attacked straight from the restart and the move ended with Beecroft shooting just over the crossbar from 20-yards.

Humbertherm continued to play well and could have scored when Joseph Worthington raced clear. However, Max Billingham came to Mablethorpe’s rescue with a last ditch challenge as he was about to pull the trigger.

At the other end Adam Brownson headed over a cross by Alex Carter. Minutes later he ran onto Cannon’s flick on only to fire straight at Ritchie.

As Mablethorpe searched for an equalizer Andrew Wyer had an effort blocked off the line by Martin Simons. Soon afterwards Paul Mail was unlucky to hit the wall with a free kick.

In stoppage time Ashley Legott almost added a third for Humbertherm with an effort that was inches wide of the left post. Moments later it was full time and Humbertherm were through to the semi finals.

Mablethorpe are still having an excellent season despite this result. It would have been Mablethorpe’s fifth consecutive victory and no team can always win.

Mick Stubbs felt it could have gone better. He said: “We paid the price for starting slowly against a strong side.

“We took the game to them in the second half, but couldn’t find the telling pass. Although we pushed them back, we lacked a bit of invention around their box to create good chances.

“We can put things right next week in another cup match against Alford Town.”

Mablethorpe are next in action on Saturday, March 21, at home to Alford Town in the Junior Challenge Cup quarter final at 2.30pm.

Mablethorpe (4-3-3): Pittam; Twigg, Brownson, Billingham, Williamson (Mackay 60); Mail, Wyer (c), Carter; Cannon, Skeldon, Parnell.