Louth Old Boys win derby; Mablethorpe beaten at Cleethorpes

Stewart Thomas in action for Mablethorpe Athletic EMN-151123-133221002
Stewart Thomas in action for Mablethorpe Athletic EMN-151123-133221002

Louth Old Boys claimed the bragging rights on Saturday as they dispatched crosstown rivals AFC Louth in an eagerly-anticipated derby at London Road.

A very windy, freezing cold afternoon did not deter a good crowd of spectators for the East Lincs Combination clash with both teams well prepared.

Wind caused problems for both teams, but it wasn’t long before Chapman found the net to put Old Boys into the lead.

Old Boys played with the wind advantage in the first half, but were unable to penetrate the AFC defence until two minutes from half-time when birthday boy Whitty doubled the lead.

There were chances at both ends as the second half began which served up some exciting football in a game played in good spirit by both teams.

Old Boys were awarded a penalty which Rawlings stepped up and comfortably converted to wrap up the three points.

The win moved Old Boys up to third in Division One, seven behind the leaders with two games in hand, while AFC slip to second-bottom.

* Elsewhere in Division One, Mablethorpe Athletic had a day to forget as they lost 5-1 at Cleethorpes Town A.

Early goals from George Horrocks gave a young Cleethorpes side a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Mablethorpe made a promising start to the second half and Adam Brownson pulled one back from the penalty spot.

However, Paul Jones soon won a penalty at the other end which he converted.

Josh Burns then put the result beyond doubt when he stabbed in a low corner by Horrocks. And two minutes later Jones fired in a 20-yarder to add gloss to the final score.

Manager Mick Stubbs said: “I was disappointed with the attitude of some players at the start.

“I picked the team from those available, but unfortunately there weren’t many yet again.

“We were poor in the first half and started slowly. In the second half we started to play and believe, but we didn’t take enough of our chances.

“Five-one is a bad result and if you don’t take your chances you can lose heavily.

Mablethorpe (4-2-3-1): Pittam; Brownson, Sirett (c), Billingham, Williamson; Bebbington, J. Marshall; Thomas, D. Marshall, Whiley; Twigg.

* On Saturday, Mablethorpe host Tydd St Mary in a Lincolnshire County Cup replay (kick-off 1.30pm).