As the First XI’s game was postponed at late notice all eyes were on the Second XI’s match.
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FT: 8-2 W
Cliffe FC’s second team travelled to Brandesburton and ran out comfortable winners, despite finishing the game with 10 men.
Gary Wilson writes…
The home team started well, with Mark Brown needing to make a low save following a corner. However, after only 4 minutes Richard Taylor fed Tom Hogg down the left, who raced towards the goal and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
The lead was increased in the 24th minute as Taylor broke free and finished well.
Cliffe had the strong wind at their backs for the first half and struggled to make it pay as chances went begging, leaving the scoreline 0-2 at half time.
A defensive error in the 47th minute allowed Ian Beckram to dribble the ball through the defence and slot the ball home.
The unsavoury incident of the match came in the 53rd minute as Nathan Horner became involved in an altercation with an opponent, which resulted in both players deservedly being sent for an early bath.
To make matters worse, the home team scored from the resultant free-kick to give them a lifeline.
Almost immediately Cliffe scored again as a weak shot from Luke Crowther somehow got past the calamitous home goalkeeper.
Cliffe were now clearly on top and a defensive error led to the ball falling at the feet of Matt Birch, who had his first effort saved by the goalkeeper, but managed to slot home the rebound.
In the 68th minute Taylor fed Full Back Layton Hallam who ran down the wing and cut inside to score.
A minute later Tom Lonsdale fed Crowther who scored to make it 7-1.
The home side gained a consolation goal on 72 as they scored at the back post following a corner.
The final score of the game came when substitute Tom Ellwood had his shot saved and fellow sub Aaron Lees followed up to score from the rebound, with the subsequent goal celebration being the most entertaining of the day.
Next week Cliffe’s second team play hosts to Flamborough in the County cup.
Cliffe’s first team travel to face Total Sign Solutions in League action.
Brown, Hallam, Buck, M Birch, Fenton, Lonsdale, Crowther, Beckram, Horner, R Taylor, Hogg
Subs – Ellwood, Lees, Fisher
Crowther (2), Hogg, R Taylor, Beckram, M Birch, Hallam, Lees