Mablethorpe Athletic suffer County Cup KO at Tydd St Marys

Alex Carter in action for Mablethorpe Athletic at Tydd St Marys EMN-150911-153358002
Alex Carter in action for Mablethorpe Athletic at Tydd St Marys EMN-150911-153358002

A depleted Mablethorpe Athletic side made the long trip to Tydd St Mary for the last 32 of the Lincolnshire County Cup and lost 3-0 on a wet and windy day.

The hosts had 15 players available and the luxury of using roll-on substitutes which gave them the advantage as Mablethorpe began to tire late on.

The visitors made a promising start and Marcus Mackay forced goalkeeper David Cooper into a good save early on.

However, Tydd took the lead on 13 minutes through Scott Pemberton who headed in a pinpoint cross by Tim Lowe.

Soon after, Stu Easey looked poised to score a second until Max Billingham made a brilliant last-ditch tackle.

Jamie Pittam pulled off a save to deny Lowe before he struck the right-hand post with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.

Towards the end of the first half Mackay played in Courtney Skeldon whose shot was well saved by Cooper.

Mablethorpe began the second half on the front foot with Alex Carter winning a free-kick in a dangerous area. Adam Brownson took it and hit the wall.

At the other end, Billingham made another excellent challenge after Easey was put through on goal.

Lowe then whipped in a cross which substitute Mark Williams headed wide from close range.

Midway through the half Brownson went on a mazy run and saw his effort tipped over by Cooper. The resulting corner came to nothing and Tydd got the ball down the other end to Lowe who slotted into the bottom left corner.

Just three minutes later substitute Paul Clarke fired in an unstoppable 25-yarder to put the result beyond doubt.

Pittam made great saves to thwart Clarke and then Williams a few minutes later, and in stoppage time Billingham limped off with a toe injury before Mackay struck the underside of the bar.

It would hardly have made a difference as Tydd booked their place in the next round, a result manager Mick Stubbs put down to a lack of players.

“Only having 11 players for the County Cup was disappointing,” he said.

“We created chances, but couldn’t find a way past their goalkeeper. The weather conditions didn’t help and we found it difficult on a hard pitch.

“I’m surprised Tydd St Mary were allowed to make roll-on substitutions. Them being able to and having 15 players available made the difference.”

“Our 11 worked very hard and should be proud of their efforts.”

On Saturday, Mablethorpe travel to All-Star Panthers in the Town Trophy (kick-off 2pm).

Mablethorpe (4-5-1): Pittam; Brownson, Sirett (c), Billingham, Williamson; Mackay, Bebbington, Carter, Quinn, Turner; Skeldon.