FT: 4-2 W
Cliffe FC were on their travels this week in the second round of the East Riding County Cup to against Nafferton Rec. Reserves. Cliffe FC went into this game with 5 straight wins and looked to take this form into this match and put themselves in the hat for the next round.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
It was nearly deja-vu for Cliffe FC when, just 15 seconds in, Rune Eriksen had a chance to open the scoring but was unable to get hold of the shot and the Nafferton ‘keeper held the shot. Very few chances for either team materialised but two yellow cards did for Cliffe FC, both Andy Moughan and Andy Kirkham getting booked both for sliding tackles on the wet and greasy surface. Cliffe FC soon opened the scoring, Kev Taylor, who this week switched to left wing, scored from a weak clearance from a corner by the home team and finished off the chance with his weaker left foot for 1-nil Cliffe FC. Although been 1-nil down the home side continued to play a high defensive line and looked mainly to catch Cliffe FC forwards offside, they did not however cope when, Kirkham burst from the midfield through on goal one-on-one and finished like a striker, nicely lifting the ball over the stranded ‘keeper for 2-nil Cliffe FC. Cliffe FC goalkeeper, Ally Harris, had little to do in the first half but when needed did make a good save from a freekick and also punching the ball out from a dangerous Nafferton corner. The teams went in at half time 2-nil to Cliffe FC.
After the turn-around Cliffe FC continued to look the more lethal side especially Dave Heron, on the right wing, who had the host’s left back beaten at every opportunity. Cliffe FC did score through a Scott Birch header from a corner, but was ruled-out due to a foul on the ‘keeper. Heron’s prowess paid dividends for substitute Nathan Summers when Heron beat the fullback and squared the ball for Summers to finish at the second attempt for 3-nil Cliffe FC. Nafferton did manage to score after being awarded a penalty for a foul by substitute Rob Wood with Harris only managing to get a touch to the ball. This was one of the very few chances the host’s had due to the solid back-four of Kev Simpson, Dave Evans, Andy Moughan and Matt Birch. 3-1 Cliffe FC. It was 4-1 Cliffe FC straight from the restart when a long ball to Taylor was controlled by him near the corner flag and then managed to get past the challenging defenders and smashed to ball into the net for his second and Cliffe FC’s forth. Cliffe FC began to defend in a lack-lustre fashion and this lead to Nafferton getting their second in the last five minutes. 4-2 Cliffe FC. At the re-start Scott Birch decided to have a pop at goal straight from kick-off that had the ‘keeper scrambling to see it narrowly over. Steve Hullah was unable to make an impact again in his short showing but avoided a scuffle like last week. Nafferton continued to press for a third in injury time but, it was too late for a comeback and the final whistle blew and Cliffe FC continued through to the next round.
Many Thanks goes to Cliffe FC sponsors The Bread Bin and Pure-Silk.
With this win Cliffe FC go through to the next round of the East Riding County Cup and have 6 straight wins in all competitions. Cliffe FC are once again in cup competition next week, away again, against Market Weighton Reserves in the Harold Robinson Cup and will be looking to put their names in the hat for the next round of that cup also.
A. Harris, K. Simpson, D. Evans, A. Moughan, M. Birch (Wood), D. Heron, A. Kirkham, S. Birch, K. Taylor, T. Hogg (Summers), R. Eriksen (Hullah).
A. Kirkham, A. Moughan.
K. Taylor (2), A. Kirkham, N. Summers.