Mablethorpe Athletic fight back to beat North Somercotes in cup

Mablethorpe Athletic keeper Jamie Pittam EMN-151210-180324002
Mablethorpe Athletic keeper Jamie Pittam EMN-151210-180324002
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A depleted Mablethorpe Athletic mounted a heroic fightback to turn a two-goal deficit into cup victory against North Somercotes.

Mick Stubbs was again struggling to find a team, and with only 11 regular players available, Dan Ramsden again stepped in to help the first team out as a substitute.

Athletic started the game slowly and had to dig deep as Somercotes bossed the early possession and took the lead with a shot from the edge of the box which left Pittam helpless.

Shortly before half-time the hosts went 2-0 up after some good play down the left.

The Mablethorpe players were deflated and some words were exchanged during the interval as the visitors knew they could improve.

Ten minutes into the second half Danny Marshall was played through on goal and kept his composure to round the keeper and slot into an open goal, and it was game on.

Mablethorpe were in the ascendency and pegging Somercotes back, and when Lee Twigg found Cannon he blasted in the equaliser.

Both teams pressed for the winner to avoid extra time as the game became stretched. Mablethorpe keeper Jamie Pittam made some great saves as Somercotes piled on the pressure, but then came the decisive moment.

Pittam played the ball out early to the wing where Alex Carter had pushed further upfield.

He continued into the opposition penalty area and hit a fierce shot which the keeper could only parry to Adam Cannon who somehow squeezed the ball over the line between two defenders.

Man-of-the-match Pittam produced further fantastic saves in the last 10 minutes to cap a great team second half comeback.

Stubbs said: “We started the game lacking belief in ourselves and were the second best, but the second half was so different.

“We started winning more 50-50s and second balls and grew into the game. Pittam’s three big saves inspired the fightback and then everyone played their part.”

Athletic: Pittam, McKay, Sirett (c), Carter, Brownson, Turner, Bebbington, Whiley, Twigg, Marshall, Cannon. Sub: Ramsden.