Mablethorpe Athletic guaranteed themselves promotion with a 3-2 victory at CGB Humbertherm Reserves at the weekend but were still disappointed with their performance.
Humbertherm took an early lead after James Ryan missed a catch leaving Thomas Emars with a tap in. However, Mablethorpe responded with two goals in quick succession.
The first of those was by Adam Cannon, who latched onto Alex Carter’s through ball and rounded Simon Worthington to score.
Just eight minutes later a shot by Danny Marshall looped in via a heavy deflection off Ricky Newton.
Afterwards Danny Marshall nearly turned provider by releasing Cannon, but he fired inches wide of the left post.
Ryan Kirk squandered a chance to equalize when he played a one-two with James Blunden and blazed wide from 10-yards.
Towards the end of the half Mathew Sirett, Cannon and Carter all came close with good efforts.
Mablethorpe picked up where they left off in the second half with Cannon and Danny Marshall forcing Worthington into saves.
In the 56th minute Ryan pulled off the save of the match. Blunden unleashed a thunderbolt from 25-yards and Ryan dived to his right to tip the ball over spectacularly.
At the other end Carter whipped in a corner and Mitch Whiley connected with a header that was well saved by Worthington. Minutes later Mablethorpe added a third goal.
Whiley surged down the right and drilled in a low cross that Cannon slotted home.
Humbertherm kept going and pulled a goal back in the 86th minute through Blunden, who blasted in from the edge of the box. It was too little, too late though and Mablethorpe hung on for the three points.
Mick Stubbs had mixed feelings. He said: “We did the main thing - got three points and won promotion.
“However, we did not play particularly well. We will have to do better in our last match against Alford. That game will be like a cup final and we need to make one last big effort.
“We have 10 days to refocus and try to win the league title.”
Mablethorpe are next in action on Tuesday, May 12, at home to Alford Town in the league (6.30pm).
Mablethorpe (4-5-1): Ryan; Sirett (c), Billingham, J.Marshall, Whiley; Mail, D.Marshall, Wyer, Carter, Cannon (Turner 89); Hanley (Williamson 46).