Second away win for Cleethorpes Town in Liddle's sights
ANDY Liddle's Cleethorpes Town are looking to build on their first away win of the season at unbeaten AFC Emley tonight.
The Owls bagged a 3-1 victory at Selby Town on Monday to register their first triumph on the road in the Northern Counties East League Division One.
But tough opposition awaits in third-placed Emley, who have so far registered three wins and one draw.
Liddle will be hoping for some consistency from his charges – they are yet to achieve back-to-back wins this campaign.
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But, as the boss revealed, his squad has been beset by withdrawals ahead of the league clash.
"We've got a big squad but unfortunately we've got horrendous injury problems, horrendous work commitments with it being Friday night, and also lads on holiday so it is a really, really testing time," he said.
"All told, I think we've got about ten missing from the team that played on Monday – that's how bad it is.
"We'll have to call upon quite a few of the reserve players for the game which isn't ideal, but I've got a lot of confidence in the lads that will come in.
"Emley's a bit of a sleeping giant according to a lot of people and it will be a difficult place to go to.
"They've got a good set-up there and it will be a difficult test. But we go there with confidence, especially after a decent win on Monday.
"I'd like to go there with my strongest team, but that's football and that's what football management is all about."
Goals from Alex Flett, Daniel Barrett and Richard Belding set up their victory earlier this week.
Barrett was recalled to the team at full-back while Steven Cooper made his first start of the season.
Danny Moore fired across goal for Selby after intercepting Richard Peck's back pass early on, before Belding saw a shot blocked by home stopper Tom Osbourne.
Jonathan Oglesby and Luke Mascall went close as the Owls began to take control, with Cooper and Flett dominant in midfield.
Although Belding appeared to be pulled back in the box after a flowing move down the right, protests turned to celebration when the ball broke to Flett and he lashed the ball home.
Cooper struck the upright before Barrett made no mistake moments later, firing into the top corner from the edge of the box.
In the second half, Cleethorpes continued to press but failed to test the keeper.
But they did extend their lead when Stevenson, after a surging run, set up Belding, who beat Osbourne at his near post.
The only down point was a late Selby consolation when a long ball found Chris Jackson and he chipped the ball over advancing Owls stopper Scott Drury.