FOOTBALL: Mablethorpe Athletic win top of the table clash

Mablethorpe's Courtney Skeldon tackling Elliott Drinkell EMN-150413-083637001
Mablethorpe's Courtney Skeldon tackling Elliott Drinkell EMN-150413-083637001

Mablethorpe overcame Immingham Bluestone 3-1 in the top of the table clash to go six points clear.

In January Mablethorpe lost the reverse fixture 5-1 in what was by far their worst performance of the season. However, they laid that ghost to extend their lead at the top to six points.

Mablethorpe were given a huge let off when Gary Nimmo struck the outside of the right post within seconds of the kick off.

In the sixth minute Mablethorpe were denied by the woodwork too. Courtney Skeldon tried an ambitious lob from distance that looped onto the crossbar.

Soon afterwards Philip Graham was called into action, saving a powerful strike by Andrew Wyer at his near post.

At the other end Jamie Pittam had to be at full stretch to keep out a low drive by Luke Niland.

Midway through the half Alex Carter headed a long throw by Wyer narrowly off target. Adam Brownson then dribbled into the box and blasted inches wide of the right post.

Towards the end of the half Skeldon headed over a cross by Mathew Sirett and Danny Marshall saw a shot fly over from distance.

Mablethorpe were the better side in the opening 45 minutes, but failed to convert any of their chances. In the second half it was a different story.

Barely three minutes after the interval Pittam made an excellent diving save to deny James Coulbeck. Moments later Mablethorpe cleared their lines and the ball found its way to Carter who fired in a 25-yarder.

Less than two minutes afterwards Skeldon had a header saved by Graham from a corner by Carter. The rebound fell kindly to Lee Bebbington and he unleashed a thunderous overhead kick that flew into the net.

Immingham kept going after a nightmare start to the second half and Elliot Drinkell forced Pittam into a save. Nimmo also came close with a free kick that whistled wide of the right post.

It could have been 3-0 once the in-form Lee Twigg had an effort blocked off the line by Lee Crane.

Minutes later Danny Marshall flicked on a corner by Brownson to Bebbington and he headed into the top left corner. Unfortunately the goal was disallowed because Bebbington was adjudged to have impeded an opponent as he jumped for the ball.

Mablethorpe made the points safe on 69 minutes when Wyer played in Skeldon and he netted his eighth goal of the season.

Immingham responded with a goal just four minutes later through Wayne Long to give themselves a glimmer of hope. It wasn’t enough to avoid defeat though.

In the closing stages substitutes Peter Hanley and Anthony Parnell combined before the latter had his shot saved by Graham.

Mablethorpe hung on to earn three vital points.

Mick Stubbs was thrilled with the win. He said: “This was a super duper result for us.

“It was a big challenge for us after losing 5-1 at their place. A lot of the lads were bang on their game. A special mention goes to Lee Bebbington and Courtney Skeldon who was outstanding as our lone striker.”

“We will take the confidence from this win into Tuesday’s match at Alford Town.”

Mablethorpe (4-2-3-1): Pittam; Brownson (Parnell 76), Bebbington, Billingham, Sirett (c); J.Marshall, Wyer; Twigg, D.Marshall, Carter; Skeldon (Hanley 81).