Stephenson rockets Cleethorpes Town up to fourth place
CLEETHORPES Town bounced back from their derby defeat to Louth with a hard-fought home win over Hemsworth Miners Welfare.
Marc Cooper came into the Owls' starting XI for the injured Ricky Belding, and after a scrappy start to the clash, he saw an effort blocked by the visiting defence.
The Cleethorpes defence were equally resolute as two Hemsworth shots were blocked in quick succession.
The hosts gradually began to create more chances, but were unable to test Dale Walston in the Hemsworth goal, with efforts from Lee Stephenson, Cooper and Daniel Barrett.
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However, the breakthrough did arrive in the 24th minute when Stephenson cooly slotted home after a fine ball over the top by Alex Flett.
Barrett was continuing to get forward from his full-back position and curled an effort narrowly wide after a excellent interchange of passes.
Jack Wakefield shot over from outside the area for the visitors, while at the other end Stephenson saw another effort saved and Tim Lowe sent a free-kick over the bar.
Hemsworth should have equalised just before half-time as the ball fell to the unmarked Hayward in the Cleethorpes area, but he blazed over from 12 yards.
Cleethorpes came out the stronger in the second-half and could have doubled their lead when a cross from Lowe found Cooper who headed against the upright.
The same player saw another effort go wide before Flett had an effort saved from outside the area.
Following an off-the-ball incident, Hemsworth were reduced to 10 men and – although Clee struggled to make the extra man count – Andy Liddle's, pictured, men held on for a big three points and rose to fourth.
Cleethorpes Town are in action again tomorrow evening when they host Teversal at Bradley Community Stadium (7.45pm).