FOOTBALL: Mablethorpe hit double figures against Manby

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Mablethorpe Athletic recorded a huge 10-0 win against Manby FC in the Junior Challenge Cup second round.

This was by far Mablethorpe’s biggest win all season and although Manby are in a lower league, to reach double figures against any team is a fantastic achievement.

The first of 10 goals came in the 6th minute when Adam Cannon latched onto Lee Bebbington’s long pass and slotted into the bottom left corner. The advantage was doubled just three minutes later after James Rolleston’s low cross was blasted in by Courtney Skeldon.

Within another three minutes Skeldon intercepted a wayward goal kick and dribbled into the box to score again. Cannon and Skeldon were both then denied by the woodwork.

Cannon raced clear and rounded the goalkeeper only to hit the left post from a tight angle. Soon afterwards Jake Spybey whipped in a corner from the right and Skeldon connected with a header that also struck the left post.

Mablethorpe added a fourth goal on 23 minutes through Paul Mail. Spybey swung in a corner from the left and Mitch Whiley flicked the ball on for Mail to bundle in from close range.

At 4-0 down Manby played well for a 20 minute spell only to concede a couple more goals at the end of the first half. The first of those was by Cannon who ran onto Skeldon’s ball over the top and fired in.

Skeldon then went from provider to scorer with a simple finish in stoppage time. That goal completed his hat-trick and made the half time score 6-0 to Mablethorpe.

The lead was extended to seven goals less than two minutes after the restart and that time Cannon was the man to complete a hat-trick.

As Mablethorpe continued to dominate, Alex Carter went on a long run from midfield and was unfortunate to rattle the crossbar from 20-yards before Cannon bagged his fourth on the hour mark. On that occasion the goalkeeper parried a long shot by Whiley straight to Cannon and he smashed in the rebound.

Once Manby were 8-0 behind they went through another good spell and Ashley Perkins came closest for them with an effort from the edge of the box. However, they let a ninth goal in late on when Skeldon cut inside from the left and squared for Carter to tap in at the far post.

Right at the end Manby gave away a needless penalty kick for a clumsy challenge on Cannon in the area. Cannon took the spot kick himself to score his fifth and Mablethorpe’s 10th goal of the day.

To Manby’s credit they tried their hardest and never let their heads drop no matter how hopeless it got.

Mablethorpe’s Mick Stubbs was delighted. He said: “It was a good day all round and we won 10-0 despite having nine players unavailable.

“We only had 11 players and no substitutes, but they all put in solid performances. Jake Spybey was effective in the middle and spread the play well while Courtney Skeldon and Adam Cannon were unplayable in attack.

“Our football was a joy to watch and I was very pleased with the result. We have a big game next week and a hopefully we can play like that again.”

Mablethorpe are next in action on Saturday, January 24, in the East Lincs Cup semi final at 2:30 pm.

Mablethorpe (4-3-3): Brownson; Whiley, Bebbington, Billingham, Williamson; Mail, Spybey (c), Carter; Cannon, Skeldon, Rolleston.