Clipstone defeat gutsy Grimsby Borough to claw their way back in to title hunt

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Clipstone were back on the winning trail as they defeated a gutsy Grimsby Borough 4-2.

Grimsby got the game underway, but Clipstone soon had possession of the ball and showed their intentions right from the start.

Ash Rawson with a speculative 20-yard shot after just 15 seconds. Visiting keeper Johnson happy to see the ball swing away from goal at the last minute.

Clipstone were enjoying all of the possession, making their opponents work tirelessly throughout the first half, but chances were few in numbers.

Chris Millington, Clipstone manager, was forced in to several changes due to injuries and some players were asked to do a job in unfamiliar positions.

Matty Ord was tripped from behind by the Grimsby left back on 25 minutes after making significant ground on the right wing. Thomas King receiving the first caution of the game from referee Andrew Price.

The Clipstone players were working hard for each other allowing quick slick passes and movement, Grimby standing very little chance of gaining control.

A move was on again as Levi Walker and Jamie Smith combined to release Blake Owen down the right wing, winning a corner for his troubles.

Callum Mawby swung the ball in with pace, which beat everyone including the keeper only to see the ball rebound off the crossbar and eventually hacked clear.

There was a feeling of when the first goal came then surely there would be more to follow, which is exactly what happened.

Matty Ord and Callum Mawby swapped their wing positions, which caught the Grimsby defenders out, Mawby eventually receiving a ball on the right and firing in a low cross to Blake Owen to tap home the opening goal of the evening.

Clipstone immediately winning back possession from the restart and within a minute had doubled their lead. Matty Ord with a 25 yard speculative effort to the near post, looked like a comfortable save for Johnson to make, but somehow the visiting keeper fumbled it and Clipstone were two to the good.

Clipstone were forced into a substitution at the start of the second half. Captain Rich Mintoft being replaced by Stu Hill.

To Grimsby’s credit they made a real fight of this game, and just one minute and 32 seconds into the second period they had halved the deficit.

Peter Fuller with a tremendous header from ten yards out leaving Nick Siddons very little chance of saving.

The Cobras new they still had work to do and on 32 minutes made progress down the right flank and won a corner just a few yards in from the corner flag.

Rob Paling looped the ball inside the area, as all the Grimsby defenders did not want to take responsibilty to head the ball clear, it bounced on the six yard line and Blake Owen sneaked in and looped a header over the advancing keeper and into the back of an empty net.

Chris Millington made his second change of the evening and gave a debut to Luke Thomas who replaced Matty Ord.

Thomas looking to impress his new team mates and manger got into the game very quickly finding plenty of space on the right wing.

He played a ball forward to Blake Owen on 59 minutes which was cut back from the goal line and Jamie Smith’s cheeky back heel was blocked by the keepers chest depriving the Clipstone leading goal scorer to add to his tally.

Five minutes later Clipstone win another corner on the right. Mawby drve a low cross to the near post, flicked on by Smith, right into the very grateful Blake Owen to smash his third goal of the night and put this game out of sight.

Levi Walker (who was lively all game) was replaced by Paddy Carrig on 68 minutes.

Owen could and possibly should have grabbed a fourth or fifth goal for himself towards the end of the game, just missing the woodwork on both occasions.

Right at the death of the game and a rare foray into the Clipstone area saw Grimsby win a penalty.

Rob Paling was adjudged to have handled the ball when blocking a cross from the right edge. Grimsby substitute Kyle Bensley slamming the ball beyong Siddons to make the final score Clipstone FC 4 Grimsby Borough FC 2.