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Cleethorpes Town
Morpeth Town
Unknown (4'), D North (89'), P Walker (80' Sent Off)
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Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Attendance 404

Cleethorpes Town 2 Morpeth Town 1



A last-minute goal from Danny North earned the Owls a notable double over this year’s divisional Champions. In earlier action, keeper Dan Lowson put through his own net before Jordan Fry levelled for the Highwaymen. In a clear case of mistaken identity, Paul Walker was also dismissed in the 80th minute for a second yellow.

Dave Smith made four changes from last time out at Sheffield. Tim Lowe, SamTopliss, Jack Richardson and Josh Batty all missed out. In came Loz McKay, Lewis Collins, Brody Robertson and Jack Boswell. The last named was making his first Evostik East start, after earning a step-up following an impressive spell with the reserves.

The side lined up in a 4-4-2 formation as follows:

Goal: Theo Richardson
Defence: Jon Oglesby, Paul Walker, Oli Donald, Loz McKay
Midfield: Jack Boswell, Craig Disley, Alex Flett (captain), Lewis Collins
Attack: Scott Vernon, Brody Robertson

Subs: Jack Boswell, Danny North, Josh Batty, Jack Richardson, Matt Bloomer

On a delightfully sunny Easter Saturday, another large crowd was inside the stadium by kick-off and they did not have long to wait to see the Owls move ahead.

In the 4th minute, Collins threaded an inch-perfect ball through to Brody Robertson. The returning striker rounded the on-rushing keeper but had been forced wide. However, the Clee player managed to fire low across the danger-zone, where the back-pedalling Dan Lowson could only divert it home. A clear own-goal for the unfortunate stopper.

Buoyed by this boost, the home side were playing some nice possession football in the early stages. Nevertheless, the Highwaymen gradually began to work their way into proceedings and restored parity on the quarter-hour mark.

Both McKay and Walker did well to make defensive headers as Morpeth threatened but, in the next attack, an attempted clearance only went as far as the penalty spot. Jordan Fry had ample time to drive the loose ball home underneath Richardson.

Even though there was nothing but pride at stake, both sides were contributing to an entertaining spectacle for the sun-drenched spectators. Captain Flett found Collins in the 23rd minute, but the midfielder pulled his shot off-target when well placed. Then Robertson did have the ball in the net but was thwarted by a very narrow offside decision by the assistant.

Morpeth came within inches of going in at half-time ahead, when a fierce daisy-cutter from Walton ricocheted to safety off the inside of the post.

HT Cleethorpes Town 1 (Lowson og 4) Morpeth Town (Fry 15)

In the first meaningful action after the restart, keeper Richardson was required to spread himself well to block an effort from Carson. Not long afterwards, in the 55th minute, Jack Richardson entered the fray to replace Jack Boswell, who had done enough to suggest that he could become a valuable member of the first-team squad in 2019/20.

The Highwaymen were beginning to look the more threatening of the two sides and almost forced a second, when a sliced clearance from Walker flew a yard over his own bar. The runaway Champions were probing for the decisive moment, but the Owls’ defence was standing tall to the increased pressure.

In a far from bad-tempered encounter, Mr Unwin was now reaching for his notebook with alarming regularity. Loz McKay and Jon Oglesby were booked for Clee. Morpeth were not exempt from the flurry of cards either, with the central defensive pairing of Henderson and Reid incurring the official’s wrath.

With 15 minutes left to play, the management team made a double substitution. Danny North and Josh Batty came on for the withdrawn pair of Scott Vernon and Lewis Collins.

Not long after this change, the afternoon’s most controversial moment appeared. A Morpeth player was pulled back about 23 yards out by Donald. It was a very clear yellow card infringement and the Clee man headed over to the referee to receive his expected punishment. To the amazement of everyone, the official summoned Paul Walker instead and, having already received a caution after 33 minutes, the defender was dismissed.

Cue mass protests, with North and Robertson adding their names to the list of bookings, but there was to be no reprieve for Walker, despite Donald honourably “owning up” to the foul.

There now looked likely to be only one winner, with the depleted home ranks manfully battling to preserve their point. However, in a dramatic finale, the Owls overturned the odds to snatch the spoils.

McKay and Robertson worked the ball well down the left before the ball was flighted in by the full-back. Danny North (pictured) had cleverly ghosted away from his marker at the far post and connected sweetly to send a right-foot volley beyond Lowson, to the acclaim of the home faithful.

HT Cleethorpes Town 2 (Lowson og 4, North 89) Morpeth Town (Fry 15) Attendance: 404

First things first – it was a clear case of mistaken identity for the sending-off and, having reviewed the excellent video footage courtesy of Mick Parker, our appeal will be going to the FA. All things considered, Paul will hopefully have his red card rescinded.

A good performance to complete the double over Morpeth, who are clearly a decent team. This should give everyone much optimism for next season. A cracking winner from Danny North too!

Pleased to see Jack Boswell make the starting XI and he did pretty well – it is obviously a big step from the Lincs League to the Evostik, but I would have thought that he is likely to be in the first team squad next year.

Another tricky choice for man-of-the-match. Jon Oglesby (in an unfamiliar right-back position), Oli Donald and Lewis Collins all showed decent form. However, on balance, the super reliable Alex Flett edges it for me.

Easter Monday in Lincoln tomorrow – hope to see you there!

Monday 22nd April 3pm
Lincoln United – Evostik East
Sun Hat and Villas Stadium, Ashby Avenue, Lincoln, LN6 0DY

Adults £9, Concessions £6, 5-16 £3, Under 5s free


Key moments

Goal Goal for Cleethorpes Town
Goal Goal for Morpeth Town
Red Card Paul Walker is sent off for Cleethorpes Town
Goal Danny North scores for Cleethorpes Town


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89:00 Goal 2 - 1
Danny North scores for Cleethorpes Town
83:00 Yellow Card
Brody Robertson is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town
80:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Paul Walker is sent off for Cleethorpes Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Danny North is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town
77:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan Oglesby is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town
75:00 Sub Off
Scott Vernon is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town
75:00 Sub On
Danny North is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town
75:00 Sub Off
Lewis Collins is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town
75:00 Sub On
Josh Batty is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town
66:00 Yellow Card
Laurence McKay is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town
55:00 Sub Off
Jack Boswell is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town
55:00 Sub On
Jack Richardson is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town
End of period 1
33:00 Yellow Card
Paul Walker is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town
15:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Morpeth Town
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Cleethorpes Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Cleethorpes Town
  • Morpeth Town
  • 0
  • Goal 4:00'
  • Goal 15:00'
  • Paul Walker Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Jack Boswell Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jack Richardson Sub On 55:00'
  • Laurence McKay Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Scott Vernon Sub Off 75:00'
  • Danny North Sub On 75:00'
  • Lewis Collins Sub Off 75:00'
  • Josh Batty Sub On 75:00'
  • Jonathan Oglesby Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Paul Walker Red Card 80:00'
  • Danny North Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Brody Robertson Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Danny North Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Richardson, Theo Richardson, Theo
Oglesby, Jonathan Oglesby, Jonathan
Walker, Paul Walker, Paul
Collins, Lewis Collins, Lewis
Donald, Oli Donald, Oli
McKay, Laurence McKay, Laurence
Boswell, Jack Boswell, Jack
Disley, Craig Disley, Craig
Robertson, Brody Robertson, Brody
Vernon, Scott Vernon, Scott
Flett, Alex Flett, Alex

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