Fabulous strikes gave a depleted Mablethorpe Athletic a stunning 5-1 win against East Lincs Combination high-flyers Barnoldby on Saturday.
Barnoldby finished second in Division One last season, making newly-promoted Mablethorpe’s demolition of a strong side a remarkable result.
Key players Adam Cannon, Courtney Skeldon, Danny Marshall, Jake Marshall, James Foad, Lee Swift and Marcus Mackay were all missing, and early on Mablethorpe had a let-off when Mark Moughton headed Callum Blythe’s corner wide from inside the six-yard box.
And the hosts went ahead on 26 minutes when Adam Brownson curled a 25-yard free kick into the top left corner.
Barnoldby responded sooner rather than later through Josh Brown who beat the offside trap to equalise.
Brownson then came close with another free kick before half-time, but the sides went in level at the break.
Early in the second half Moughton had a header tipped onto the bar by Jamie Pittam at full-stretch, and the defender was then lucky to stay on the pitch and not concede a penalty.
Lee Twigg raced clear and was bundled over by Moughton in the box, but to Mablethorpe’s astonishment nothing was given.
Minutes later, Mitch Whiley let fly from distance and found the top right corner. It was a great goal and from there on in, Mablethorpe kicked on to win convincingly.
Soon after, Luke Turner’s corner was headed out to Brownson on the angle outside the area. The man-of-the-match struck the ball first time and the shot flew into the top right corner.
Barely a minute later Turner’s attempted cross somehow looped into the back of the net and it was game over.
In the last few minutes Whiley squared a pass across goal for Twigg who tapped in from close range to cap a day to remember for Mablethorpe.
The first three-quarters of the match had been evenly-fought, but the home side played brilliantly in the last quarter to record a big win.
Manager Mick Stubbs was delighted with the result.
He said: “What a day! We only had 11 players, but won 5-1 against last season’s runners-up!
“What you need in team sports is a team spirit and a never-say-die attitude. The lads showed that and put in a super performance.
“We dug deep and won again against another very good team.
“There were some excellent goals to go with fine team work. I couldn’t ask for more.”
* Mablethorpe are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Louth Old Boys for a league fixture (2.30pm kick-off).
Mablethorpe (4-2-3-1): Pittam; Brownson, Carter, Billingham, Williamson; Quinn, Bebbington; Turner, Whiley, Sirett (c); Twigg.