FOOTBALL: Scamblesby unlucky not to take a point from Mablethorpe

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Mablethorpe Athletic won 3-2 at Scamblesby at the weekend after Adam Brownson bagged a second half double.

This was a close encounter that Mablethorpe edged to win by the odd goal and Scamblesby were a bit unlucky not to draw after a decent performance.

The first half was evenly contested, both sides hit the crossbar and it looked like the scores would be level at half time. That was until Scamblesby managed a very fortuitous goal in the 41st minute.

The first player to be denied by the bar was Lee Bebbington with a header from Marcus Mackay’s free kick. Robert Rawdon was the second player to with a flick that also struck the bar.

As it was looking like the first half would finish goal-less Joe Smith scored directly from a corner. He swung it in from the left and the ball somehow flew into the top right corner.

Mablethorpe began the second half brightly and Brownson forced goalkeeper Jim Watters into a couple of saves. Soon afterwards Mablethorpe equalized from the penalty spot once Ingamells brought down Lee Twigg in the area.

Brownson took the resulting penalty and tucked it into the bottom right corner. Mablethorpe were pleased to be back on level terms, but unfortunately Twigg injured his shoulder when he won the penalty and had to be replaced by James Rolleston.

Scamblesby almost equalized sooner rather than later when Jack Cunningham cut inside from the left and stabbed inches wide of the far post. Bebbington then headed Andrew Wyer’s long throw into the box narrowly over.

As the game continued to ebb and flow Mablethorpe should have had another penalty as Wyer was tripped just inside the area by Jake Shelbourn. Instead, a free kick on the edge of the box was wrongly given and it came to nothing.

With time running out Mablethorpe took the lead after stand in goalkeeper Jamie Pittam’s long punt landed deep in Scamblesby’s half and almost bounced in. Watters back pedalled and tipped the ball onto the bar before Brownson headed in the rebound.

Minutes later Mablethorpe added a third goal through Mackay, who blasted in the goal of the match from 20-yards.

However, Scamblesby responded immediately with a goal from Darren Cutler to set up a nervy ending.

Scamblesby pushed forward in search of a late equalizer in the dying minutes. It didn’t come as Mablethorpe defended well and held on for a narrow 3-2 victory.