A measure that Teversal is not a million miles away from being in the promotion chasing sides can be measured by the fact they have drawn against a number of teams in the mix for the step up to the next level. Cleethorpes arrived to Carnarvon Street sitting second in the table and looking to strengthen their position.
The visitors certainly showed their intention from the off, when from the kick off they created an opening that could have seen them go ahead after just 15 seconds when Ricky Belding’s effort missed the target after being put clear through on goal.
This was the catalyst for Cleethorpes to dominate the early exchanges, but again the back line of Harcourt, Witcombe, Henshaw and Goodacre protected Brooks superbly in the home goal. In fact it was Henshaw who put in an excellent block on eight minutes to deny Hanslip’s effort from the edge of the 18 yard box.
Teversal started to play into the game with the first effort on goal coming on 14 minute when Wood seized on a weak back-pass from Gordon, but Drury was quick off his line to force the Teversal striker wide, but Wood managed to cross to Pearson who fired wide with his effort.
A minute later the Tevie Boys forced a corner and against the run of play took the lead, Cockerill fired in a corner to the far stick that saw Kris Witcombe ghost in to fire past the stranded Keeper and defender on the post. The game was now more even and was developing into an interesting an intriguing game.
The lead however was short lived when on 21 minutes, the visitors pulled level from a Lowe corner. The full-back delivered a near post effort that saw Jack Debnam the smallest player on the pitch nip in between the big boy to powerfully head home from 6 yards to deservedly level the scores. Only three minute later Teversal were dealt another blow when their leading marksman Oli Wood had to come off due to injury.
With the game swinging from end to end with honest endeavour and skill on a tricky heavy muddy surface was great credit to both side’s footballing ethos and making for an entertaining game. The only surprise was that each side only had one more notable effort on goal. Teversal’s effort came first on 37 minutes when Pilmore played a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Flint who broke clear, but his attempted lob over the advancing Drury went horrible wrong and missed the target. Cleethorpes effort was more conventional with another Lowe corner finding Cooper whose guided effort went marginally wide of the far post.
The second period continued in the same vain with both sides having plenty of possession but neither Keeper had to make any save of note and did the routine services well. To try and change the pattern of play Cleethorpes made their three subs in a 10 minute period, equally Teversal made their final two subs, but theirs were down to injury and was forced.
In the end a draw was a fair result, but both sides will have felt that they had done enough to gain a result that would have enhanced their promotion aspirations, but this draw sees Cleethorpes slip down to third on 41 point behind Albion Sports who move above Cleethorpes on goal difference and Tevie staying in 9th six point behind their visitors.
Teversal’s have a midweek break this week so their next outing is on Saturday 8th December 2012 with a trip to Leeds to face Yorkshire Amateur for a Baris Northern Counties East League Division One game with a 3:00pm kick off.
TEVERSAL: Ryan Brooks, Will Harcourt, Jamie Goodacre, Ross Henshaw, Kristian Witcombe (Matty Jones 55), Greg Tobin (Kurtis Turner 53), Colin Cockerill, Danny Pearson, Oli Wood (Kye Pilmore 24), Joe Flint, Eli Mitchell. Subs not used: Kev Smith, Jamie Hudson.
CLEETHORPES TOWN: Scott Drury, Tim Lowe, Daniel Barrett, Steven Cooper, Christopher Gordon, Darren Hanslip (Tom Birchill 64), Jack Richardson, Craig Mitchell, Mark Cooper (Jonathan Oglesby 57), Ricky Belding (Lee McFarland 54), Jack Debnam. Sub not used: Daniel Grant.
REFEREE:Terry Jackson, South Yorkshire.
TEVERSAL MAN OF MATCH: Danny Pearson.