Owls swoop to snatch a point, but Worksop remain seven points clear at the top

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Mark Shaw would have taken a point as he stepped off the coach in Cleethorpes, ahead of Wednesday night’s first versus third NCEL Premier clash.

And it was that fact that tempered his reaction to the Owls’ last gasp equaliser, to deny Worksop another big win in the title race.

Shaw was pleased with a haul of four points from six, in games against two fellow promotion hopefuls.

But it was very nearly six from six, with Cleethorpes only cancelling out Andy Ofosu’s first half header in the 89th minute of action.

Tigers began the game without Ross Henshaw, Jono Wafula and Mitch Husbands, meaning a start for Jack Hawkins in a 4-4-2 of sorts.

It was a nervy start, Jon Stewart coming close to handling the ball outside the area before his clearance cannoned off a home player and Sam Liversidge came to the rescue.

Stewart then returned the favour when Liversidge gave the ball away and allowed Cleethorpes to break, Brody Robertson getting into the box and seeing his shot well saved

At the other end Conor Higginson got in behind the defence thanks to an error, and his cross into the middle was well taken by Miles Fenty.

Another bad pass, this time from Jake Scott, saw Daniel Trott hare through the middle and inexplicably stop when he got to the area allowing Worksop to get back and clear.

Conor Sellars then put the ball over the top of the home bar, with Fenty off his line.

And in their best chance of the half for the visitors, Higginson stole in when the defence let the ball bounce and fired into the sidenetting from an acute angle.

Cleethorpes hit back with two good efforts, the first of which from Jonathan Oglesby took a big deflection, Stewart equal to both.

With five minutes left in the half Tigers took the lead, Sellars’ free-kick bringing Fenty off his line, and when Tom Burgin beat him in the air, the ball dropped nicely for Ofosu to nod home from two yards.

After an even, if unspectacular, opening 15 minutes to the second half, Higginson got clear of his marker and strode to the edge of the area, sliding the ball past the near post.

It was a game that see-sawed, and Cleethorpes were the next to come close, the ball almost finding Robertson in the six yard box, Stewart managing to scramble it behind.

Substitute Louis Grant had his head in his hands with 20 left in the game, heading well over and wide from an inviting right wing cross, Cleethorpes looking dangerous.

And back came Worksop, another Sellars free-kick finding the head of Tom Elliott who flashed his header wide.

But the final stages saw more and more Cleethorpes pressure, Burgin taking a yellow for siding in to foul Robertson right ont he edge of the box, then clearing the resulting free-kick.

Tigers failed to hold the ball up front, or find passes, and invited more Cleethorpes attacks.

Eventually the pressure told, with a minute left, when a corner to the near post was met by Louis Grant with a bullet header.

Disappointing timing, but a deserved goal - which still leaves Tigers top by seven.

Cleethorpes: Miles Fenty, Luke Mascall, Matthew Kingston (Laurence McKay 46), Liam Dickens, Lawrence Heward, Jack Richardson, Daniel Trott (Louis Grant 68), Alex Flett, Marc Cooper, Brody Robertson, Jonathan Oglesby. Not used: Richard Peck, Jack Barlow, Daniel Grant.

Worksop: Stewart 8, Cottingham 7, Roe 6, Hawkins 6, Liversidge 7, BURGIN 8, Sellars 6 (Whincop 85), Scott 7, Ofosu 6 (Jordan 87), Higginson 6 (Johnson 72), Elliott 6. Not used: Adam, Shaw.

Referee: Stephen Wade. Assistants: John Blades, David Jones.

Goalscorers: Grant 89; Ofosu 40

Yellows: Trott 58, Grant 89; Scott 79, Ofosu 84, Burgin 86

Attendance: 385.