Cleethorpes Town 1-2 Atherton Collieries
On Saturday, the Owls crashed out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 to Atherton Collieries.
The game started fairly slowly with few chances for either side, however Atherton had the first chance of the game, as they made a good run into the box from the left, however the effort was well saved by Higton.
On around the 12th minute of the game, Atherton took the lead through forward Hardcastle, after a good through ball, Hardcastle was in behind the Clee defence, before he rounded Higton to tap home.
Towards the end of the first half, the Owls started to cause Atherton some problems, firstly Danny North went close, as he got on the end of a good cross from Oglesby, however his headed effort was saved by the goalkeeper.
Shortly after, a scramble in the Atherton box gave Matty Bloomer a chance to score, although his effort was easy for the goalkeeper to save in the end.
Both sides made a quiet start to the second half, however Oglesby went close to levelling for the Owls, as he curled an effort just wide of the far post just after the hour mark.
Atherton thought they had doubled their lead in the 73rd minute, as the ball was headed in from close range, although the goal was ruled out for offside.
The Owls started to raise their game in the final part of the match and Alex Flett went close from a free kick on the 76th minute, however his effort was well held by the Atherton stopper.
Cleethorpes then got a penalty in the 81st minute, as Richardson was brought down after coming in from the right hand side. Midfielder Alex Flett made no mistake from the penalty, as he placed the ball straight into the top right hand corner.
However, Clee weren’t level for long, as Atherton regained the lead shortly after, the ball was pulled back to Howard on the edge of the area, who placed the ball into the bottom corner.
The Owls put pressure on the Atherton defence in the final ten minutes of the game, including Higton going up for a free kick, as he hoped to get his head on the cross, however the pressure ultimately amounted to nothing.
Unfortunately, the game ended with a 2-1 defeat, which means it’s the first defeat of the season for the Owls and also the end of their FA Cup run.