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Cleethorpes Town
Loughborough Dynamo
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Full time Attendance 253

Dynamo Lose Out on Lincolnshire Visit

Against one of the best sides to have faced Loughborough Dynamo this season, Cleethorpes Town could have had the game won by half time with their attacking display,

An apparent loss of on-field discipline in the second half, however, could have cost them dearly, but they did enough to ensure Dynamo left Lincolnshire on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line.

After an opening period without much in the way of goalmouth action, Cleethorpes number 11 Jonathan Oglesby put a right foot shot high and wide of the Dynamo goal. Dynamo were next to threaten when Tolani Omotola’s centre from the left saw home goalkeeper Sam Vince miss his punch when under pressure from Ash Hodgkinson. The ball ran loose and Vince just manged to recover to beat Paolo Piliero to the loose ball and turn it for a corner.

It was from this point in the first half that the home forward line turned the pressure up on the Dynamo defence without creating a clear chance on the Dynamo goal. In fact, Dynamo relieved the pressure on the twenty-ninth minute when the ball ran loose in the home penalty area and Hodgkinson prod his shot at Vince’s chest.

A minute later Dynamo lost the ball in midfield and a through pass found Brody Robertson, the home number 9’s shot being blocked with his legs by Dynamo goalkeeper Charlie Taylor. This was followed within seconds by Curtis Bateson’s low on-target being blocked by Dynamo centre back Luke Foster.

But the pressure on the Dynamo goal was bound to tell and the ball was pulled back from the goal line in the thirty-third minute and found Bateson coming in at the far post, the Cleethorpes wide man netting with a low drive.

Dynamo threatened to draw level within two minutes when Piliero found Alistair Smith, who turned in and put his left foot shot just high and wide. But back came Cleethorpes, and they pressured the Dynamo back line relentlessly up to half time. The best chance of a second home goal in this period came in the forty-second minute, when a through ball bisected Foster and Carl Sibson and found Danny North. Taylor was able to force him wide and North eventually fired across the Dynamo goal.

Within four minutes of the restart the home side doubled their lead. Another ball pulled back from the goal line found the outstanding Robertson unmarked in the centre of the Dynamo area, and he turned the ball home.

Substitute Danny Durkin, on for an injured Omotola since just before half time, met a long throw from Dan Gordon in the fifty-second minute and flicked the ball low to Vince’s right, the home goalkeeper pulling off a good save. A minute later Robertson was able to go around Taylor, but his goal bound shot ran out of steam as it neared goal, and Sibson was able to get back and clear.

Just when it looked as if Cleethorpes would continue to pressure Dynamo, for some reason they started to lose their discipline on the pitch. In the fifty-fifth minute North, already on a yellow card from the first half, put in a late challenge on Durkin. Referee Tom Bishop produced a second yellow card and sent North off.

This allowed Dynamo to claw their way back into the match. In the sixty-sixth minute Vince dropped a centre under pressure from Hodgkinson, but as the ball ran loose a foul against Hodgkinson was awarded. Three minutes later Dynamo did indeed come back into the game, Vince could not reach a through ball and Smith was able to get on the end of it and place the ball into an empty net.

After the first half display from their forwards, Cleethorpes should not really have been in this position. They did pressure Dynamo’s defence in the seventy-ninth minute, but Taylor managed to beat substitute Andrew Taylor to the ball outside his area and hacked the ball clear. A minute afterwards, following a home free kick another home substitute, Mark Cooper, headed over.

As the match entered its final minutes it looked like Cleethorpes had done enough to seal all three points. However, they inflicted self-damage when home Captain Alex Fleet received a straight red card for leaving Hodgkinson flat out on the pitch following the two challenging for the ball, Cleethorpes going down to nine men for the closing stages.

If this second sending off had occurred some minutes earlier, then Dynamo may have picked up something from the match. But as the game entered stoppage time Cleethorpes broke as Dynamo went chasing the game. Sibson fouled Andrew Taylor in the Dynamo area and conceded a penalty, Bateson scoring from the spot kick to seal all three points.

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