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PREVIEW | Cleethorpes Town (A)

Dunston make the 320 mile round trip to Lincolnshire for the second successive away game. Currently sitting in 8th position in the Northern Premier League East table, Dunston have been in good form recently picking up seven points from the last three games.

Unfortunately, due to recent postponements, those three games have been over the last seven weeks. Last time out, Dunston ran out as convincing 3-0 winners at Winterton Rangers. The hosts were reduced to ten men midway through the first half as goalkeeper Nathan Popple was dismissed. A cracker from Chris McDonald put Dunston ahead in first half stoppage time, before Jack Maskell and top scorer Dale Pearson wrapped up the win in the second half.

Before that, Dunston recorded a 2-1 win away at Grimsby Borough on November 11th, and picked up a point in a 1-1 draw away at league leaders Stockton Town on October 21st.

So far, Dunston have amassed 24 points from 13 games (the fewest games played in the division along with Sheffield FC) and by winning the games in hand, Dunston would move into the final play-off spot.


The Owls currently sit in 12th position having picked up 19 points from their opening 14 games. Cleethorpes began the season brightly however, they have picked up just five points from their last six games, with their last win coming on October 14th against Newton Aycliffe.

The hosts top scorer is midfielder Will Annan who has netted eight times in 21 appearances (all competitions) so far this season. In total, they have played 26 games in all competitions, picking up 12 wins, eight defeats, and six draws.

Last season, Cleethorpes finished 11th out of 20.


Dunston had an enjoyable time against The Owls last season, winning both league meetings. The first game came in December at The UTS Stadium. Cleethorpes were 2-0 up inside the first 36 minutes courtesy of goals from Curtis Bateson and Declan Howe. 

Carl Finnigan pulled a goal back on 38 minutes to halve the deficit. Second half stoppage time can only be described as pure cinema as Dan Staples saved a penalty in the 91st minute which turned out to be crucial. A stunning leaping header from Sado Djalo, after a pinpoint long ball from Will Jenkins, brought Dunston level in the 94th minute, before Michael Pearson scrambled the ball over the line in the 96th minute to win the game.

There was less drama in the reverse fixture back in January. It was a professional performance as Dunston secured a 1-0 away win after a 61st minute header from Carl Finnigan.


The game takes place at the MyEnergi Stadium on Saturday December 9th at 3:00pm.

The Linden Club, Clee Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 8QL.

Adults (£9), Concessions (£6), U15 (£3)

For supporters booked on the away travel, the coach will depart The UTS Stadium at 9:45am. Please note, there will be 40 minutes added on to the return journey for a detour.

Published Thursday 7th December 2023