Mablethorpe Athletic hold Alford to stalemate

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Mablethorpe Athletic hosted Alford Town in what was expected to be a physical and competitive match.

Athletic only had nine players available, allowing Dan Ramsden and Michael McDonald to step up from the reserves, while Alford also had several players missing but were able to name a squad before kick-off.

Alford had the chances in a frenetic opening, but Mablethorpe, defending well, restricted them to long-range shots which didn’t really test stand-in keeper Marcus McKay.

Mablethorpe settled and began to push Alford back, and Adam Brownson twice came close with successive 25-yard free-kicks efforts.

Five minutes after half-time, Courtney Skeldon, who had arrived late, came on for Michael McDonald.

Alford had more possession, but Mablethorpe always looked a threat on the break. The home team began to create more chances, and another Brownson free-kick went close.

The best chance came in the final 10 minutes after good work on the left from Brownson who crossed the ball low for Andrew Wyre’s run, but he could only find the goalkeeper’s gloves with his effort.

Mathew Sirett was man-of-the-match for his crucial last-ditch tackles and solid performance.

Manager Mick Stubbs said: “Again it was another game with many players missing so to come out with a draw we have to accept this as a good result considering the circumstances.

“I think it would have been a cruel game to lose as we coped with everything Alford threw at us and had chances of our own.”

Mablethorpe are next in action at North Somercotes in the County Cup.

Athletic: McKay, Williamson, Carter, Sirett (c), Brownson, Turner, Wyre, Bebbington, McDonald, Ramsden, Quinn. Sub: Skeldon.