After suffering a twelve-point deduction for misdemeanours, Cleethorpes Town really need to win most of their remaining matches if they are to get back in contention for a play-off spot in the Evo-Stik League South.
They certainly need to win their home games, but lowly Carlton Town prevented them from doing that on Wednesday night as they earned a 2-2 draw.
In an entertaining encounter, Carlton began the sharper and took the lead after just 5 minutes when Jordan Wilson ran on to Ben Hutchinson’s through ball and hit a fine drive past Jonathan Saltmer.
Carlton pressed forward and only a couple of fine saves from Saltmer denied Wilson a first half hat-trick.
Cleethorpes levelled on 35 minutes when Brody Robertson ran clear of the Millers defence and fired home via the inside the post, and only a good Jack Steggles save at the death kept the scores level at half-time.
The Owls were much improved in the early part of the second half and took the lead 6 minutes in when Tim Lowe netted after some good work by Robertson and they should have increased the lead on 65 minutes when Oliver Donald put a free header over the bar.
Carlton poured forward looking for an equaliser which eventually came on 70 minutes in somewhat unusual circumstances. Hutchinson’s corner was headed high into the air in the six-yard area. With players from both sides standing and watching, the ball landed on top of the crossbar, bounced back into the area where Kieran Walker reacted first, heading in via the goalkeeper and a defender with the ball just crossing the line.
Both sides had late chances to win it with Steggles saving from Marc Cooper while Mamoke Akaunu fired Carlton’s last chance over the bar, but a draw was probably a fair result on the night.