Selby will be tougher foe, warns Cleethorpes Town boss
BOSS Andy Liddle is urging his Cleethorpes Town team to avoid complacency after a big midweek victory ahead of their home clash against struggling Selby.
Tomorrow the Owls face the team propping up the Northern Counties East League Division One on the back of a 5-1 home hammering of Askern Villa on Wednesday night.
But tomorrow's home game at the Bradley Community Stadium could be a far tougher challenge, warns Liddle, despite Selby's lowly position.
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"Selby are fighting for their lives," said Liddle. "They've had a change of manager and the weather has given them time to regroup.
"They'll be a totally different side to the one we faced earlier this season. It will be tough. We are a top-three side, but teams will raise their games against us.
"You never know what to expect from game to game in this league, particularly from away teams.
"But our form over the last six or seven games has been very good – one of the best records in the league. We've got a busy schedule now and want to get our points up."
Amid windy conditions, Cleethorpes were embroiled in a tough battle against Askern Villa in the first half.
Chances were at a premium, although Luke Mascall and Jack Debnam were proving a handful.
The visitors took the lead, though, through Brendan Thompson.
The Owls equalised after a critical goal-line incident.
After a series of corners, Lawrence Heward had a shot at goal which was blocked by an Askern defender. He was sent off for handling on the line, though, and Debnam netted the resulting penalty.
The Owls never looked back in the second half and took full advantage of their extra man.
Mascall whipped in a near-post cross-shot – after a short corner – that deceived the visitors' goalkeeper on the hour.
Marc Cooper made it 3-1 to Cleethorpes when he latched on to a pass from the left and clipped the ball past the keeper.
Jonathan Oglesby, pictured, netted with a shot from inside the area to extend the Owls' lead. And captain Darren Hanslip had the final say when he made it 5-1 with a firm strike into the roof of the net.
The match was sponsored by Forrester Boyd Accountants, Louth.