The Owls departed from the FA Trophy at the first hurdle at a sun-drenched Myenergi Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Two late goals from Shildon earned the County Durham outfit a 2-0 win.
Team news saw 5 changes from last time out at Curzon Ashton. With keeper Tom Jackson suffering a training ground injury, Charlie Dixon stepped in as a late replacement. Also starting were Loz McKay, Scott Vernon, Luke Lofts and Jack McMenemy.
The side lined-up as follows in a 3-5-2 formation:
Goal: Charlie Dixon
Defence: Jordon Cooke, Paul Walker, Tim Lowe
Midfield: Sam Topliss, Luke Lofts, Alex Flett (c), Josh Venney, Loz McKay
Attack: Scott Vernon, Jack McMenemy
Subs: Brody Robertson, Jon Oglesby, Josh Batty, Harry Middleton, Oli Donald
On an unusually warm & sunny October day, the decent sized crowd settled in for a hopefully entertaining knock-out tie.
In truth, the first-half did not set the pulses racing! Clee played some good build-up football but chances were at a premium.
Shildon came closest to breaking the deadlock. Stopper Dixon did superbly well to acrobatically tip a close range shot onto the crossbar and away to safety.
HT Cleethorpes Town 0 Shildon 0
The second period provided much more goalmouth action.
Dixon was again alert to parry a free-kick before Lowe nodded a yard or so wide. Then sub Robertson saw his shot turned aside by Newbrook in Clee’s best moment.
Shildon though settled the match in decisive fashion late on. Dean Thexton weaved his way beyond three challenges and planted the shot into the corner. Then, after Robertson had headed over when well placed for the Owls, Will McCamley side-footed home.
FT Cleethorpes Town 0 Shildon 2 (Thexton 78, McCamley 84) Attendance: 258
Thanks to everyone who came along today, marvellous support as always.
Just the NPL for us now and we enter a crucial period with several home games coming up. Next Saturday, we entertain Sheffield FC – see you there!
UP THE OWLS!