result: 2-4 L
Cliffe played their third match in a week once again away from home but on a neutral ground for both teams as they faced their local rivals, Hemingbrough.
This would be the first meeting between the two villages for around a decade, who would leave with the bragging rights?
Cliffe’s manager Keith Tiplady began the match unhappy even before kick-off having to forge a team together from a depleted squad due to late-notice unavailable squad members. Credit is due to those who pulled on the Cliffe FC shirt that early evening.
Cliffe began the match with 5 across the midfield with one up top, they actually began the brighter of the two sides and had the Hemingbrough under pressure for the first 15 minutes until a classic counter attack allowed Hemingbrough to take the lead, Cliffe’s equaliser was somewhat in strange circumstances after Dave Heron who was found in acres of space by Rob Wood finished off the chance coolly for the referee to confuse everyone by seemingly calling it offside and then awarding the goal. Goal was awarded and Cliffe were all square.
Cliffe went in all square and a late arrival of Tom Hogg was introduced after the break and stand-in Glavin was introduced for Cliffe leaving a more attacking 2-pronged attack. Hemingbrough increasing gained more possession in the second half but still struggled with Heron and Kev Taylor on the flanks for Cliffe, Scott Birch ran the midfield well and despite this pressure the chances were few and far between for the opposition as Kev Simpson and Andy Moughan struck up a good centre-half partnership.
The pressure Hemingbrough were putting on paid off when goalkeeper Ally Harris was adjudged to have fouled a player in the box and the resulting penalty was driven home for 2-1 Hemingbrough, minutes later a long range effort was thundered home to make it 3-1 Hemingbrough.
Cliffe would get a lifeline to get back into the game and bizarrely end up with a task in front of them once again when, after winning a penalty for Cliffe, substitute Hogg was dissmissed shortly after winning the penalty and the penalty being taken!
The penalty was scored by Scott Birch and Cliffe may have had a chance to get something from the game be it all with 10 men, but was dissmissed by a nice individual effort from a Hemingbrough forward beating three men and firing home from close range.
The game finished 4-2 to Hemingbrough, leaving them with the bragging right all be it only a friendly.
Once again Cliffe Football Club fail to win and with only the one pre-season game left, Cliffe manager Keith Tiplady will mostly want a good performance more than a win in the next and final pre-season friendly