Mablethorpe secure league safety after two wins and six goals from hotshot Marshall

Chapel Swifts' goalkeeper Danny Kay and Stuart Parnell battle for the ball.
Chapel Swifts' goalkeeper Danny Kay and Stuart Parnell battle for the ball.
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East Lincs Combination League Division One

Mablethorpe Athletic 4

Chapel Swifts 1

Danny Marshall’s second hat-trick in as many games gave Mablethorpe Athletic another 4-1 win and confirmed the club will avoid relegation on Saturday.

This was a carbon copy of Mablethorpe’s game versus Louth Old Boys days earlier.

Again they played very well and won 4-1 after a hat-trick from Danny Marshall.

Marshall broke the deadlock with a neat finish on 13 minutes.

He then turned provider squaring for Anthony Parnell to slot home.

Chapel almost pulled one back through Dean Watson who struck the inside of the left post from long range.

Marshall nearly added a third before half time rounding Danny Kay only for Sam Stevenson to make an excellent last ditch block.

Chapel scored barely a minute into the second half when Aaron Worthington bundled in a corner by Liam Papworth.

However, Marshall restored Mablethorpe’s two-goal lead with a low drive in the 53rd minute.

Stuart Parnell and Anthony Parnell came close before the former won a penalty after being brought down by Kay.

The goalkeeper redeemed himself saving the resulting spot kick by Alex Carter.

As Mablethorpe continued to dominate Jake Spybey whipped in a corner to Stuart Parnell whose effort was blocked off the line by Chris Cussins.

Soon afterwards Marshall ran onto a ball over the top by Spybey and lobbed the onrushing Kay to complete his hat-trick.

That made the final score 4-1 and Mablethorpe are now guaranteed to stay in Division One next season.

Manager Mick Stubbs was delighted with another great performance.

“The league table did not do us justice a week ago, but now it looks better after two very good wins in a few days,” he said.

“We were solid at the back and always a threat going forward.

“I was delighted for the lads after we were unlucky in games earlier this season.

“Well done to Danny Marshall on another hat-trick and man of the match performance.”

Mablethorpe host AFC Louth in their last match of the season, but the date is yet to be decided.

Mablethorpe: Mackay, A. Brownson, Bishop, Carter, J. Brownson, A. Parnell (Turner 85), Spybey, Whiley (Billingham 78), Twigg (Thomas 86), D. Marshall, S.Parnell.

East Lincs Combination League Division One

Mablethorpe Athletic 4

Louth Old Boys 1

A hat-trick by Danny Marshall gave Mablethorpe Athletic a 4-1 win over Louth Old Boys and all but confirmed the club will avoid relegation.

This was one of Mablethorpe’s best performances of the season, played out on Wednesday night, and needed to be to thrash third-placed Louth Old Boys.

It was also a result that means Mablethorpe are almost certain to stay in the top flight next season.

The game started off well with Frazer Chapman and Danny Marshall coming close at either end.

Marshall then fired over and Stewart Thomas forced Sean Fieldsend into a save before Mablethorpe scored the first goal of the evening.

It came on 32 minutes when Stuart Parnell latched onto a pass by Lee Bebbington and slotted home.

Danny Stevens nearly doubled the lead before half time with a free kick that flew inches wide.

Old Boys made a promising start to the second half with Chapman striking the right post and Michael Brown forcing Marcus Mackay into a fine save.

However, they conceded again once Marshall fired in a low cross by Adam Brownson.

Moments after the restart Stuart Parnell curled a 20-yarder just wide before Stevens made an excellent goal line clearance.

Jordan Whittleton exchanged passes with Brown and shot past Mackay, only for Stevens to stretch a leg out and somehow prevent the ball from going in.

Parnell was having a great game up front and narrowly missed from a Marshall cross.

Minutes later he came even closer heading another cross by Marshall against the crossbar.

Mablethorpe kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a second goal from Marshall, which was another good finish, to put the result beyond doubt.

Just five minutes afterwards Marshall ran onto a through ball by Parnell and rounded Fieldsend to complete his hat-trick.

Brown got a consolation for Old Boys in stoppage time, but it was too little too late.

Mick Stubbs was more than satisfied.

The manager said: “It was a great team effort and our finishing was very good.

“We’ve had many games where we deserved points and got nothing.

“I was pleased to win this time and we scored some good goals.

“We were very strong which was pleasing and everyone did their job well - particularly Danny Marshall.

“He had a great game and scored quality goals so he gets man of the match.”

Mablethorpe: Mackay, Thomas, Stevens, Sirett, Billingham, Twigg, Brownson, Carter, Williamson, D.Marshall, S.Parnell.