Match report: Clee Town held to a goalless draw at Sheffield FC
Cleethorpes Town played out a goalless draw at Sheffield FC in the league on Saturday afternoon.
The point against the mid-table side leaves the Owls facing an uphill battle to make it into the playoffs, as results elsewhere meant they’re now eight points outside of the top five places.
Nathan Arnold made three changes to his side, with Tim Lowe, Tom Jamieson and Josh Venney drafted in to add some more experience to the starting lineup.
The pitch at the Home of Football Stadium was pretty bobbly and didn’t make for a free-flowing contest on what was a chilly afternoon in Yorkshire.
It was Clee that probably edged the opening 45 minutes without quite doing enough to find the opening goal.
A teasing Curtis Bateson cross was inches too high for the onrushing Leon Dawson, while an Alex Flett volley was blocked and Dec Howe glanced a header narrowly over the bar.
The visitors’ best opportunity arrived on the hour mark when Paul Walker climbed highest about 10-yards from goal, but he nodded a firm header agonisingly just the wrong side of the post.
Sheffield came into the game more as it wore on and nearly grabbed all three points towards the end, as Adam Watson hit the post and the hosts then had a goal disallowed for a clear offside.
The match ended all square in a result that very few would argue wasn’t about right on a hard-fought afternoon.