Mascall's brace is enough for Cleethorpes Town
THE Owls geared up for a midweek promotion six-pointer with a 2-1 win over Rossington Main.
Two first-half goals from Luke Mascall were enough to seal the win for Andy Liddle's men who now turn their attentions to a crunch clash with Albion Sports tomorrow night.
Saturday's match against Rossington was Town's first league fixture for ten days, and it was clear from the off that the visitors were keen to avenge the defeat to Pontefract last time out.
The Owls started brightly with Mascall looking particularly dangerous.
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The first chance of the game soon fell to him but the livewire forward could only send the ball over the bar.
However, that warning was not heeded by the host's back four as, when a ball from Tim Lowe set Mascall through again, this time, the forward the coolly slotted home to give Clee the lead.
Buoyed by that goal, the visitors continued to press, but at the other end, indecisive defending gave away a cheap corner.
And Rossington made the most of that opportunity when Brandon Fallon equalised.
That lifted the hosts and Bradley Billam tested Clee stopper Scott Drury, above, who made a smart save.
The game was becoming more open, with chances being created for both sides.
But it was Cleethorpes who restored their lead after Mascall reacted quickest to Jack Richardson's shot that had cannoned back off the upright.
After taking the lead before the break, the Owls started the second half looking to put the result beyond doubt.
A good move in midfield saw the ball set Mitchell free on goal but the home keeper pulled off superb double save to deny him.
Undeterred, Rossington looked to hit back with efforts from Fallon and Holvey.
But at the other end, Mascall saw an effort curl over, while at the death a free-kick was awarded to Rossington just outside the penalty box.
Thankfully for the visitors, the set-piece was poor and it hit the wall.
But the drama was not over and Lewis Buckthorp was soon given his marching orders for dissent.
However, Clee hung on for three hard-fought points that sends them into tomorrow night's clash with Albion Sports on a high.
With Clee and Albion sitting level on points in fifth and fourth respectively, both teams will be looking to win to bolster their promotion bid.
Kick-off is 7.45pm. Admission is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and children.