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Cleethorpes Town FC
Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
B Robertson (15', 39'), J Batty (59')
Full time
Unknown (32', 75', 81')
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - Cup Attendance 302

Cleethorpes Town 3 Bamber Bridge 3


Clee welcomed Evostik Premier outfit Bamber Bridge to New Linden for an FA Cup 2nd Round qualifier. Optimism was high around the camp after last week’s hammering of Belper Town.

It came as no surprise that the management team went for an unchanged starting XI from last Saturday, as follows:

Goal: Dylan Parkin
Defence: Sam Topliss, Tim Lowe, Matt Bloomer, Paul Walker
Midfield: Jack Richardson, Craig Disley, Alex Flett (captain), Josh Batty
Attack: Scott Vernon, Brody Robertson

Subs: Mark Gray, Lewis Collins, Laurence McKay, Oli Donald, David Birch

The Owls enjoyed a very bright start to the encounter, with an Oglesby cross causing alarm in the visiting defence as early as the 2nd minute. This was followed by a Walker header rattling the bar and a fierce Robertson effort blocked when looking destined for the net.

It was largely one-way traffic as Clee refused to let the higher-ranked side settle. The deserved breakthrough arrived with 15 minutes gone. Brody Robertson (pictured in earlier scoring action) latched on to a through ball and, after calmly setting himself, the striker lashed the ball past Lloyd Rigby.

The crowd was being treated to some flowing football from the home side and a Batty shot needed to be carefully watch by stopper Rigby. However, a second goal which had looked likely to come for Clee actually fell, against the run of play, to Brig just past the half-hour mark.

After Parkin had made a fine save from Matt Dudley, he was powerless to deny Brad Carsley, who glanced home a header from a teasing right-wing cross to draw the visitors level.

Rather than deflate the Owls, it seemed to act as a spur and the lead was retaken after 39 minutes. A long ball forward looked as though it would be collected by Rigby. However, Brody Robertson had other ideas. Under pressure from the persistent forward, the keeper completely missed the ball. This allowed Robertson to step inside a last-ditch sliding challenge and roll the ball into the unguarded net.

Parkin was required to be alert to keep out a Matt Lawlor header and it was Clee who headed for the dressing rooms with a narrow, but well-earned, advantage.

HT Cleethorpes Town 2 (Robertson 15, 39) Bamber Bridge 1 (Carsley 32)

Within 60 seconds of the restart, Oglesby ghosted in and his powerful header was superbly pawed away by Rigby. In a re-run of the opening to the tie, it was the Owls in the ascendancy and the much needed 2-goal cushion was gained just before the hour.

Josh Batty was allowed far too much space around 8-yards out and he rose high to direct a delivery from the left into the corner of Rigby’s goal.
In the next phase of the game, McKay and Collins came on for Walker and Batty respectively. Disley also received a caution for a foul in midfield.

Brig were rocking at this stage and, with the Owls looking comfortable, a shot from captain Flett flew just too high. A fourth would have put the game to bed but, to their credit, the visitors were still battling hard and they gave themselves a lifeline with 15 minutes left.

Jordan Darr tested Parkin but the young keeper got down low to fingertip the ball behind. However, from the resultant corner, a looping far-post header from Carsley agonisingly found the target via the post.

Boosted by this, the visitors sensed they could now avoid the upset and a spell of pressure ended with the equaliser after 81 minutes. A shot cannoned back off the inside of Parkin’s post but it was to be a short-lived reprieve. Carsley was lurking on the corner of the 6-yard box and he completed his hat-trick courtesy of a deflection.

It was now end-to-end and, with the game becoming stretched and open, both sides were giving their all to find the knock-out blow. After the woodwork was struck by Oglesby for Clee, a towering Matt Lawlor header went within a foot of winning it for Brig.

As 6 minutes of added time were indicated, the home faithful’s frayed nerves did not prevent them from providing superb backing. As they urged their troops forward for one final push, Collins went desperately close to being the hero.

It was not to be though and the final action saw Lowe booked, which will keep him out of Tuesday’s replay. The whistle sounded and, after 90 plus pulsating minutes, both sides remain in the hat for the Third Round Qualifying draw on Monday.

FT Cleethorpes Town 3 (Robertson 15, 39, Batty 59) Bamber Bridge 3 (Carsley 32, 75, 81) Attendance: 302

So near yet so far would sum it up!

There only looked to be one winner at 3-1 but we just could not kill them off. Perhaps we will just have to find a bigger bus to park for the replay! In all seriousness though, we are still trying to unlock the secret of making us a more solid unit when we are required to defend.

At the other end, of course, we now look full of goals. Scott Vernon and Brody Robertson are forming a promising partnership and, with Josh Batty and the excellent Jon Oglesby on the flanks, we have a potent front 4. Do we need to sacrifice some of this flair for more steel? It is a real conundrum for the management to ponder.

For me, there is too much space between our defence and midfield for opposing teams to exploit. So, do we play a “spoiler” in there to break-up attacks in some kind of 4-1-3-2 formation or perhaps even the often derided “diamond”. Or maybe 3-5-2 with wing-backs? The possibilities are endless…

One thing I think we can all agree on is that Marcus and Dave will get to the bottom of it! We are far from out of this tie and, even though on paper we have missed our best chance, we are more than capable of winning on Tuesday.

FA Cup – 2nd Round Qualifying (replay)
Bamber Bridge (away)
Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6UX
Tuesday 25th September – 7.45pm (if level after 90 minutes, extra time then penalties)

Adults £9, Concessions £6, Under 16s (with full paying adult) £1, Under 11s free


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Key moments

Goal Brody Robertson scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
Goal Goal for Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
Goal Brody Robertson scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
Goal Josh Batty scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
Goal Goal for Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
Goal Goal for Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)


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90:00 Yellow Card
Tim Lowe is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town FC
81:00 Goal 3 - 3
Goal for Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
75:00 Goal 3 - 2
Goal for Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
66:00 Yellow Card
Craig Disley is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town FC
64:00 Sub Off
Paul Walker is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town FC
64:00 Sub On
Laurence McKay is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town FC
64:00 Sub Off
Josh Batty is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town FC
64:00 Sub On
Lewis Collins is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town FC
59:00 Goal 3 - 1
Josh Batty scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 2 - 1
Brody Robertson scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
32:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Brody Robertson scores for Cleethorpes Town FC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Cleethorpes Town FC
  • Bamber Bridge (FA CUP)
  • 0
  • Brody Robertson Goal 15:00'
  • Goal 32:00'
  • Brody Robertson Goal 39:00'
  • Josh Batty Goal 59:00'
  • Paul Walker Sub Off 64:00'
  • Laurence McKay Sub On 64:00'
  • Josh Batty Sub Off 64:00'
  • Lewis Collins Sub On 64:00'
  • Craig Disley Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Goal 75:00'
  • Goal 81:00'
  • Tim Lowe Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Parkin , Dylan Parkin , Dylan
Topliss, Sam Topliss, Sam
Bloomer, Matt Bloomer, Matt
Oglesby, Jonathan Oglesby, Jonathan
Lowe, Tim Lowe, Tim
Walker, Paul Walker, Paul
Batty, Josh Batty, Josh
Disley, Craig Disley, Craig
Robertson, Brody Robertson, Brody
Vernon, Scott Vernon, Scott
Flett, Alex Flett, Alex

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