Owls flying high after home win
LEE Stephenson inspired his Cleethorpes Town side to a 2-1 home win over Appleby Frodingham in the Northern Counties East League Division One.
Boss Andy Liddle made three changes – Lewis Buckthorp, Jack Debnam and Phil Cawley all took their places in the starting line-up.
Cleethorpes didn't take long to create a chance. Oglesby raced away in the first five minutes but saw his effort saved by Samir Own.
The visitors then drew first blood through Oliver Bradbury's volley.
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Clee responded well when Tim Lowe put in a good ball to Marc Cooper, but the striker's control let him down and he was unable to connect.
The Owls did well with set pieces and put the visiting defence under pressure.
The opposing goalkeeper was unable to hold on to a floated cross from the corner, and had to parry Lawrence Heward's resulting shot.
Clee eventually equalised through Stephenson, who raced clear of the defence and calmly slotted home.
Appleby almost responded immediately, but Bradbury's shot was well saved by Drury.
Some clever play from the back and through the midfield opened up the opposition, and allowed Stephenson to score again.
The second half started well for the visitors.
Clee keeper Drury was first into action, pulling off a magnificent save low down to deny Bradbury again.
At the other end, Liddle's men created a good chance, but Stephenson shot wide after a ball from Debnam was flicked on by Cooper.
The Owls then had a chance cleared off the line when Oglesby's corner threatened the opposition goal.
Jason Flint was next to have a go, but his curing shot was denied by the woodwork.
The Owls continued to create chances, but were wasteful and couldn't find a way through.
Appleby Frodingham keeper Own was the busier of the two keepers. He was again called into action in the closing stages to deny Ricky Belding's stinging shot.