MATCH VERDICT, VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS & PHOTO GALLERY: Ten men hold on for maximum rewards
What a fantastic effort.
Despite playing with 10 men for 36 minutes, Spalding United climbed into third spot with a highly impressive performance.
George Zuerner provided the perfect start - but it looked like the Tulips would be battling to hang onto that advantage following a red card early in the second half.
Ben Greenwood’s sending-off was soon followed by a clinical finish from Lewis Brownhill to double the lead.
Scott Vernon pulled one back for Cleethorpes Town but they couldn’t produce a late leveller at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Tuesday night.
The Owls went behind after only two minutes as Zuerner struck at the far post following a long throw-in.
James Hugo cleared off the line from Vernon but Zuerner came close twice before the break.
Andy Taylor and Oli Donald somehow failed to convert inside the six-yard box with a golden chance to equalise.
Greenwood - who had been cautioned in the first half for a foul - was dismissed after a high challenge which left Owls skipper Alex Flett with a head bandage.
Michael Duggan denied Vernon almost immediately but Brownhill slotted coolly home from Scott Floyd’s superb assist.
Vernon nodded in from close range, Duggan kept out Brady Robertson and Jack Richardson’s penalty appeal was rejected as Spalding held on for maximum reward.
4-2-3-1: Duggan; Hare, Spafford (sub Spencer 79 mins), Richards, Hugo; Greenwood, Everington; Zuerner (sub Holliday 77 mins), L Brownhill, Floyd; Acar. Subs not used: Mason, Ramsden, Smith.
4-1-4-1: T Richardson; Lowe, Fixter, Donald, Marshall (sub Buckley 75 mins); Flett; Taylor, J Richardson, Collins (sub Robertson 59 mins), Oglesby; Vernon. Sub not used: Millson.
Zuerner (2 mins, 1-0), L Brownhill (61 mins, 2-0); Vernon (70 mins, 2-1).
Greenwood (second bookable offence - foul).
Greenwood (foul); Floyd, Fixter, Richards (unsporting behaviour).
George Zuerner - inspirational.
Chasetown (A) - Saturday.
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