Tuesday 9th August 2026
NCEL League Cup 2nd Round
at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium
at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium
Handsworth Parramore (2) 4
Daniel Buttle 43
Colin Marrison 49
Jon Froggatt 90
Cleethorpes Town (0) 0
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 84
On Saturday, both teams negotiated potentially difficult FA Cup games away from home, with Handsworth claiming a 2-0 win at Armthorpe, while Cleethorpes came back from a goal down to beat Rainworth at Kirklington Road.
Both games are on my radar for a potential visit after the 11AM kick off between Mansfield Town U18 and Chesterfield U18 at Rainworth finishes this coming weekend, but I don't have to make that decision until after 1pm on Saturday, so Que Sera.
With all due respect to my friends from the seaside, Cleethorpes approached tonight's game as though they were possibly concentrating their priorities on some of the more glamorous silverware on offer this season, but Micky Godber always sends teams out onto the field of play to win each and every game; which they did tonight, as thoroughly and comfortably as the final score suggests.
The home side kept up their attacking tempo, with Danny Buttle looking to be a threat every time he advanced forward. While Sam Denton and Micky Harcourt were getting up for all of the set pieces, leaving Connor Smythe to man the barricades at the back.
On the other flank Lee was enjoying a no holds barred struggle against the visitors left back Laurence McKay, who was on Rotherham United's books as a youngster. He evidently possesses a fair amount of ability, but he's also got a lot of rattle and needs to curb his verbals towards the match officials before he gets himself a bad reputation among the referees in the NCEL... just saying!
Birch was soon in action again, saving with his feet as Buttle hit a twenty yard shot on target from out of the left.
'Clee' were almost on level terms against the run of play when Luke Aldrich's cross found it's way through the 'Parras' defence as far as Michael Milne, but Sneath saved.
Sneath was in action again moments later, keeping the prolific Marc Cooper at bay to preserve his team's slender lead.
Cooper was inches away from pulling a goal back moments before the half time whistle, but the only shot to evade Sneath all night, dropped just the wrong side of the upright.
In the Forty ninth minute, Marrison gratefully received the ball from an attempted headed clearance and fired past Birch via a slight deflection.
Connor White, who impressed during pre-season, replaced Simon Harrison who had taken a knock and slotted in seamlessly in a like for like swap. Harrison had cut a swathe down the right flank, bring his colleagues into the game and White carried on in pretty much the same vein.
Marrison and Buttle continued to torment the young visiting side in what had by now become a fairly one way and one sided game.
I'm sure that the visitors will feel that they owe Handsworth (and their own travelling fans) a performance the next time the two sides come face to face (Saturday 22.11.16 at the Windsor Food Service Stadium)
Buttle and Lee could both have added to the score, but the Cleethorpes keeper was doing his level best to keep the score down.
However, Birch soon had a different kind of difficult situation to deal with, when Wressell lobbed an under hit back pass in the general direction of his keeper, that saw the diminutive stopper running from his area and having to head the ball before he could kick it away to safety... as if he didn't have enough to deal with already tonight!
Handsworth played out the last ten minutes a man down as Denton limped off of the pitch after the Ambers had already used all three substitutes. The numerical difference wasn't noticeable however.
|The ever cheerful John Stainrod dancing with joy|
Higginson beat Birch from all of twenty five yards, but his shot was a fag paper's width the wrong side of the right hand upright.
In stoppage time, Lee dragged his marker all over the place before rolling the ball into the path of Froggatt, who couldn't miss from such a great position... and didn't!
FT: Handsworth Parramore 4 v Cleethorpres Town 0
Cleethorpes can play far better than they did tonight and I am sure they will be doing any time soon, but the worrying aspect for all NCEL Premier Division sides this season, is that Handsworth still have far more in their tank that they showed tonight.
Good luck to both sides for what promises to be a memorable 2016-17 season.