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AFC Emley
Cleethorpes Town FC
Full time
J Richardson (81'), L Dickens (90'), L Davis (40' Sent Off)
Sat 12 Nov 15:00 - Cup Attendance 215

AFC Emley 1-2 Cleethorpes Town

Cleethorpes Town survived an almighty scare at Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division 1 side AFC Emley,

scoring two goals inside the last ten minutes to come back from a goal down to seal a 2-1 win and book their place in round 3 of the Buildbase FA Vase.

The Owls suffered a blow before kick off as influential defender Peter Winn suffered an injury in the warm up. Matt Kingston stepped up from the bench to replace Winn with Liam Davis, Matt Bloomer, Matty Coleman and Liam Dickens also starting after being rested for the midweek win at Winterton Rangers.

Emley began brightly, pushing the Owls back right from the kick off. The hosts were somewhat unfortunate not to open the scoring inside the first 5 minutes as striker Ashley Flynn saw his header hit the inside of the post before winger Joe Brennan's shot moments later cannoned back off the cross bar.

Cleethorpes responded with a Jon Oglesby shot from the left hand side that was easily saved by Emley goalkeeper Graham McLachlan before Andy Taylor cut inside and fired a curling shot which was palmed away by McLachlan.

Flynn threatened the Owls again, hitting a powerful shot that Clee stopper Liam Higton dived full length to push away for a corner. Emley weren't to be denied for long however as they deservedly took the lead after half an hour, the Owls defence reacted slowly to a quickly played corner, presenting Kieran Ryan with a tap in at the far post.

The Owls were struggling to get going with Emley working really hard to stop Clee playing their usual style of free flowing football.

A gripping cup tie was soured somewhat by a mass brawl, two red cards and an unsavoury incident that occurred five minutes before half time. Brennan of Emley appeared to shove Davis off the pitch and into the wall in front of the main stand, causing a coming together of all 22 players at pitch side with pushing and shoving from both sides. As Davis got to his feet, he was grabbed in a headlock by a spectator who had leaned over the wall, an incident that is unacceptable at any level of sport. This resulted is more pushing and shoving amongst the players. After a lengthy discussion between the match officials, both Brennan and Davis were shown red cards, although to be fair there were other players who could also have been equally punished.

The second half began with Cleethorpes upping the tempo as they searched for an equaliser. Brody Robertson saw his snap snot tipped over the bar before the same player shot narrowly wide seconds later. McLachlan then denied Flett, pushing the Owls skipper's free kick past the post.

Emley threatened at the opposite end as Ryan lashed a volley wide before a great reaction save by Higton saw him save Schofield's free kick. Flynn then came close, twisting and turning before hitting a powerful shot inches wide.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon and a fruitless journey for the Owls as the game entered it's 80th minute before a wonder strike from Jack Richardson levelled things up. There appeared to be little danger as a high, lofted ball came down to Richardson but the Clee man hit an unbelievable 30 yard volley that dipped over McLachlan and into the roof of the net.

The tie looked set for a replay as the match entered it's final minute but Dickens had other ideas, firing a low shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner past the despairing dive of McLachlan, sparking scenes of delirium amongst the travelling supporters and cruelly denying Emley the draw that their performance merited at the very least.

Cleethorpes will find out who their opponents in the last 64 will be in Monday lunchtime's draw. It's often said that the sign of a good side is one that can win despite playing below their best, that certainly applies to the Owls on yesterday's showing.

Cleethorpes are next in action on Tuesday evening when their unbeaten league record will face a stern test at Pickering Town. Kick off will be at 7.45pm

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Key moments

Red Card Liam Davis is sent off for Cleethorpes Town FC
Goal Jack Richardson scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
Goal Liam Dickens scores for Cleethorpes Town FC


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90:00 Goal 0 - 2
Liam Dickens scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
81:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jack Richardson scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
75:00 Yellow Card
Luke Mascall is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town FC
65:00 Sub On
Jack Richardson is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town FC
65:00 Sub Off
Jonathan Oglesby is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town FC
65:00 Yellow Card
Liam Dickens is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town FC
55:00 Sub On
Marc Cooper is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town FC
55:00 Sub Off
Andy Taylor is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town FC
End of period 1
42:00 Sub On
Luke Mascall is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town FC
42:00 Sub Off
Matthew Kingston is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town FC
40:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Liam Davis is sent off for Cleethorpes Town FC
40:00 Yellow Card
Tim Lowe is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town FC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Emley
  • Cleethorpes Town FC
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  • Liam Davis Red Card 40:00'
  • Tim Lowe Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Luke Mascall Sub On 42:00'
  • Matthew Kingston Sub Off 42:00'
  • Marc Cooper Sub On 55:00'
  • Andy Taylor Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jack Richardson Sub On 65:00'
  • Jonathan Oglesby Sub Off 65:00'
  • Liam Dickens Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Luke Mascall Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Jack Richardson Goal 81:00'
  • Liam Dickens Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Higton, Liam Higton, Liam
Lowe, Tim Lowe, Tim
Kingston, Matthew Kingston, Matthew
Flett, Alex Flett, Alex
Coleman, Matty Coleman, Matty
Bloomer, Matt Bloomer, Matt
Davis, Liam Davis, Liam
Dickens, Liam Dickens, Liam
Taylor, Andy Taylor, Andy
Robertson, Brody Robertson, Brody
Oglesby, Jonathan Oglesby, Jonathan
Cleethorpes Town FC

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