FOOTBALL: Mablethorpe leave the best until last against Alford Town

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Mablethorpe Athletic recorded their biggest win all season in their final match defeating Alford Town 8-2.

This match had absolutely everything a supporter could ask for. There was quality attacking football, goals galore and even a penalty scored by Mablethorpe’s goalkeeper.

Lee Twigg made an excellent last ditch challenge to thwart a player who had raced clear early on. Soon afterwards Danny Webb and Marcus Mackay both came close with efforts that were narrowly off target.

Mablethorpe’s first of eight goals was scored by Peter Hanley. The young striker ran onto Danny Webb’s through ball and slotted past the goalkeeper.

Mackay stung the goalkeeper’s fingertips before he pulled off another excellent save to deny Jamie Pittam. Pittam let fly from 20-yards and the goalkeeper dived to his right to keep the ball out of the top left corner.

Webb fired a free kick inches over before doubling Mablethorpe’s advantage on 28 minutes. Max Billingham played in Webb with a perfectly weighted pass and he raced clear to score.

Mablethorpe were in control until Lee Twigg had to come off after pulling a hamstring and Alford pulled a goal back towards the end of the first half. A corner kick from the right caused havoc in the box and was eventually lashed in from close range.

Mablethorpe dominated the second half and scored no fewer than six goals after the interval.

The first of those was by Webb who netted the rebound after Wyer’s shot was saved.

Minutes later Wyer added a similar goal to put Mablethorpe 4-1 up. On that occasion the goalkeeper saved Pittam’s free kick, but was powerless to prevent Webb from blasting in the follow up.

Mackay was having a good game and was very unlucky to hit the crossbar with a free kick from 25-yards. He also tried an ambitious shot from a long way out that flew marginally wide of the left post.

Midway through the second half a couple of penalty kicks in quick succession gave Mablethorpe a 6-1 lead. Aaron Tennyson won the first after being tripped in the box by a defender.

The crowd urged goalkeeper James Ryan to take the resulting penalty so he jogged all the way up the pitch to do so.

Ryan had never taken a spot kick and drilled his first one ever into the bottom right corner – a first choice penalty taker would have been proud of it.

Minutes later Jake Spybey won the second penalty when he was bundled over in the area. That time Billingham was nominated to take it and he blasted his kick straight down the middle to help himself to his first goal of the season.

Substitute Luke Turner was the next player to get in on the act with his first of the season. Webb picked out Turner with yet another pinpoint pass and he fired past the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 7-1.

Alford got themselves the merest of consolations with a simple goal late on. However, Mablethorpe had the final say with their eighth of an incredible afternoon.

Spybey whipped in a corner from the left and Wyer headed in at the far post. That was Wyer’s 12th goal of the season and made the final score 8-2 to Mablethorpe.

This was an unforgettable game of football and was worth waiting all season for. It was a fantastic way for Mablethorpe to end their season.

Mick Stubbs was delighted and reflected on Mablethorpe’s season, He said: “It was a super second half performance.

“We had plenty of time on the ball in the first half and didn’t move it quickly enough. The lads played much better in the second half though and it was a great team effort.

“This season went reasonably well, but we could have done better if players were available more often. With a bit more commitment we could win promotion next season.”