Report: Cleethorpes Town beat Grimsby Borough to go through in Lincs Senior Trophy
ANDY Liddle expects a "big test" from Barton Town in the Second Round of the Lincs Senior Trophy after Cleethorpes Town's derby win over Grimsby Borough.
In the second installment of the 'Battle of Bradley', the Owls edged home 3-2 thanks to Luke Mascall's winner.
Liddle was delighted with his side's efforts – and the result.
"We bossed the majority of the game and at 2-0 up we looked comfortable," he said.
"Then they had a good spell for 20 minutes and got it back to 2-2. But even then, I always thought we would win as we were still creating chances.
"We showed our spirit to go on and get the winner. There is good morale in the camp.
"We beat Borough in the league too, so that is a good double over our local rivals within the space of a month.
"But it is going through to the next round that is most important. We play Barton Town next, and that will be a big test as they are going well in a higher league than us."
As reported yesterday, Borough joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe was pleased with his side's display after they had battled back from 2-0 down to level the scores.
He said: "Their keeper Scott Drury pulled off a great save at the end otherwise it would have been 3-3 and we would have got a deserved draw.
"We had the head of steam and we were causing them a lot of problems in the second half.
"Cleethorpes are a different sort of team to what we've played of late.
"We've come up against a lot of footballing teams but they tend to really knock it long a lot, from back to front.
"That caught us out once or twice, but we'll bounce back on Saturday and look for three points against Bottesford."
As the derby began to settle, Marc Cooper shot wide under pressure for the Owls, while Boro's Andy Taylor was denied by a fine save from Drury.
Cleethorpes took the lead five minutes before the break when Borough's defence failed to deal with a long ball and the pace of Mascall, who cut inside and fired past Leigh Cook.
Luke Fanthorpe's stinging drive flew narrowly over the Clee bar.
But Liddle's men doubled their lead through Cooper, who capitalised on a goal-mouth scramble on 55 minutes.
Borough got back into the game on 65 minutes when Josh Fuller went past Danny Barratt and Phil Cawley to lay the ball to Taylor, who gave Drury no chance.
Borough had the initiative and, on 75 minutes, they got their deserved equaliser.
Fuller again got around Barratt to deliver a low cross to the far post where Fanthorpe slammed the ball home.
Borough looked like they might go on and win the game, but they were reduced to ten men when Tom Heaton received his marching orders.
As time ticked away, Borough gave away a cheap free-kick wide on the left and Barratt whipped in a good cross for Mascall to head home.
Borough tried to respond again and in the final minute Drury made a superb save.
Thompson got in a great downward header that was destined for the bottom corner, but Drury dived full length to fingertip around the post and send Clee through.