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Rusty Seasiders are beaten


Lambwath FC 3

Withernsea AFC 1


THE SEASIDERS suffered just their third defeat of the current league campaign at the hands of Lambwath FC on Saturday at Malet Lambert School.

Having not played for nearly a month the Seasiders were glad to get back on to the pitch...... until the game kicked off! Withernsea started sluggishly and were exposed on a couple of occasions but had the referee’s whistle for offside and goalkeeper Max Precious to thank for a couple of saves.

However, the Seasiders had a couple of half chances through Marc Mead and Tony Everitt but they couldn’t really get a foothold in the game against match sharp opposition. The opener came on the 15-minute mark after left back Cam Maplebeck was caught in possession, Phil Good scrambled across to cover but lost his footing and striker Callum Fletcher finished well.

Shortly after the Seasiders were forced into making a change with Tom Finn getting injured and Tom McGeachy being exposed far too often for his manager’s liking so was also replaced.

On came Liam Grindell into central midfield and Rob Murray at right back. Things didn’t happen instantly though for the visitors who despite being busy, especially Owen Mountain, Ciaran Collins, Murray, Chris Frost and Grindell - were very careless in position.

The home side got in behind again and doubled their advantage on the half hour mark through Jordan Clark and just before half-time it was three, a non-existent Withernsea midfield and central defence allowed Fletcher far too much time and he unleashed a shot from the halfway line that caught ‘keeper Precious by surprise and it effectively killed the game just before the break.

On the stroke of half-time the Seasiders were given a lifeline when the referee sent off a home player who thought he should have had a penalty and his appeals saw him removed from the field of play.

Shane Spenceley replaced the unlucky Everitt at the break, things hadn’t materialised for him in the first half. Withernsea had to come out and attack the ten men of Lambwath and that they did. The locals had chances go begging with Spenceley having two headers and agonisingly being inches away from an exquisite Frost cross before Grindell went through one-on-one and fluffed his lines and dragged his rebound off target, which was then turned in by an offside Spenceley.

Collins and Mountain had efforts off target before Spenceley did restore a glimmer of hope for the visitors with a goal but with time running out, Withernsea ran out of answers and ideas.

This was a game to forget but the Seasiders will hope to strip fitter for the outing. Tonight, Withernsea are set to host Lambwath in the H.E Dean Cup before Harchester United visit on Saturday with the title all but sealed for them, leaving Withernsea consigned to the runnersup spot in what has been an excellent, albeit stop-start season in Division One.

The Seasiders are still in a few cup competitions including a semi-final on Tuesday, April 17 against Bridlington Town County with a 6.15pm kick-off at Hill Top in Cottingham.

Withernsea AFC: Precious, McGeachy (Murray), Good, Mason, Maplebeck, Finn (Grindell), Collins, Mountain, Frost, Everitt, (Spenceley), Mead.

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