FOOTBALL: Mablethorpe in seventh heaven against Louth Old Boys

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Mablethorpe Athletic ran out 7-0 winners at Louth Old Boys after Adam Cannon scored four goals for the second week in a row.

Mablethorpe began brightly and James Ford was unlucky to hit the right post with barely two minutes played.

Soon afterwards Cannon ran onto a through ball by Ford and opened the scoring with the first of his four goals.

Cannon had a shot saved onto the right post by Jack Goy before netting his second. It was a very similar goal to his first – again Ford played him in and he fired into the back of the net.

Ford was having an excellent game on the left and nearly completed a hat-trick of assists midway through the half. On that occasion he squared to Andrew Wyer who blazed over from two-yards.

In the 44th minute Mablethorpe added a third goal and Cannon went from scorer to provider. Mitch Whiley had an effort saved by Goy and the ball then came to Cannon, who pulled it back for Paul Mail to blast home.

Early in the second half Mail added a fourth when his attempted cross somehow looped over Goy into the back of the net. A few minutes later Mablethorpe netted another goal after Wyer rounded Goy and squared for Courtney Skeldon to score.

Mablethorpe kept up the good work and Cannon was denied a hat-trick by a block from Matt Snowden and a decent save from Goy. Ford also came close with a lob from distance that flew into the side netting.

Cannon completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute once Mail cut inside from the left and squared for Cannon to fire the ball in.

Mail then nearly got a hat-trick himself straight from the restart. Jake Spybey found him with a defence splitting pass and he forced Goy into another fine save. Minutes later Cannon ran onto a Skeldon ball over the top and chipped narrowly over the crossbar.

Right at the end of the match Cannon raced clear of the defence and looked poised to score once he had dribbled round Goy. However, he was bundled over by Wayne Russell as he was about to tap into an empty goal from a few yards out.

Russell was extremely fortunate to escape with only a yellow card for denying the most obvious of goal scoring opportunities. He surely would have been shown a red card if his team weren’t losing 6-0 with seconds remaining.

Cannon converted the resulting penalty though so it didn’t make much difference. That was Cannon’s fourth of the day and made the final score 7-0 to Mablethorpe.

Mick Stubbs was delighted with the result. He said: “I should be happy with the score and am. We have a squad of players that could become very good as they gel together.

“We could have scored even more than 7 goals, but missed chances and their ‘keeper made good saves. We were solid at the back, used the ball well all through the team and played some excellent football at times. Well done lads!”

Mablethorpe are next in action on Saturday, September 27, at home to AFC Louth in the Tim Sales Charity Trophy (round 1) (2:30 pm).