Mablethorpe Athletic ease past Hartwell Rovers in cup

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Mablethorpe Athletic booked their place in the second round of the Challenge Cup with a 4-2 win at Hartwell Rovers on Saturday.

It was a timely boost for the club ahead of Saturday’s big home County Cup match against College Wanderers of the Scunthorpe and District Football League.

Lee Twigg (right) surges down the left wing against Hartwell EMN-150712-152931002

Lee Twigg (right) surges down the left wing against Hartwell EMN-150712-152931002

Courtney Skeldon opened the scoring in the sixth minute, latching onto Danny Marshall’s through ball to slot home.

Hartwell’s Laurence Pargeter was thwarted by a great tackle from Jai Williamson before Jamie Pittam made an excellent save to deny Billy Nicholson.

On the half-hour, Adam Brownson doubled Mablethorpe’s lead with a well-placed free-kick, and just three minutes later Dave Quinn added a third, dribbling past the Hartwell defence to score.

Hartwell didn’t give in and created a couple of chances, both missed by Pargeter. Minutes later Max Billingham made a last-ditch challenge on Nicholson who was put through on goal.

And shortly before half-time a mix-up at the back allowed Pargeter to pull one back.

Hartwell began the second half brightly with Wayne De Gruchy heading over from Zak Robinson’s corner.

At the other end Lee Twigg forced Cameron Tipler into a save before Skeldon and Danny Marshall both went close, but midway through the half Josh Lingard struck from the edge of the box to put Hartwell back into the game.

Skeldon raced clear and was bundled over by Daniel Jackson in the box, but no penalty was awarded.

Nicholson shot inches over and David Blake headed into the side-netting from close range as the game continued to ebb and flow.

And 11 minutes from time, Mablethorpe sealed the win when Marcus Mackay crossed for Marshall to fire in his third goal in two matches.

Mablethorpe manager Mick Stubbs said: “We got the right result in very windy conditions.

“Now we all have to prepare for our big game. I hope lots of players turn up for a change and know everyone will put a big effort in.

“We will be the underdogs against an excellent team which won the County Cup just two seasons ago. We will give it our best shot.”

The last 16 tie kicks off at 1.30pm.

Mablethorpe (4-4-2): Pittam; Thomas, Brownson, Billingham, Williamson; Twigg, Quinn (c) (Turner 84), Whiley, Mackay; D. Marshall, Skeldon.