Gallant Lealholm fightback not enough

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A GALLANT fightback by Lealholm was not quite enough to save themselves from being knocked out the League Cup semi-finals.

Opponents Lingdale fielded a bare XI for this tie with five key players missing and the loss of in-form striker Jamie Dewing with a broken ankle.

Lealholm, fielding an unchanged team, used the wind and tried to play the long ball over the top, but stand-in centre half Mark Thornton was reading the game well and he and Ashbridge were keeping Sam Crooks and Morgan at bay.

On the half hour, Lingdale won a corner which Hitchen crossed in it was cleared to the edge of the box were Thornton hit a half-volley in to the net to give the Cleveland side a deserved lead.

Lealholm failed to take advantage of the wind and trailed 1-0 at the break.

Good work from Scott and Gatenby in midfield saw Crooks go through on goal and his effort was deflected passed Lealholm keeper Fishlock by Harland to make it 2-0.

Lealholm pushed on and started to play better against the wind. Both Anthony and Duncan Morgan were pressing up front but they were kept at bay.

The goal of the season so far came when Dass played the ball to Ben Crooks who ran from the halfway line past the defence and his cracking strike gave Fishlock no chance.

With 20 minutes to go, Lealholm were given a chance a mix-up at the back saw Anthony Morgan nip in to sneak a goal back.

Lingdale came close again but a Golightly effort was well-saved and when Thornton headed against the bar, Lealholm were riding their luck.

But a corner from Sam Crooks for Lealholm was not cleared by the home defence and sub Tom Gale nipped in to score for 3-2.

This made the last 15 minutes a nervy affair for the home side, but the arrival of Gary Sivills after a four-hour trip from Spain, helped to put a more solid look to the Lingdale backline and they held firm to go into the at Whitby Town’s Turnbull Ground.

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