FT: 0-4 L
Saturday saw the Cliffe FC First XI beat Shiptonthorpe “nil-nil” as Cliffe were awarded the win without kicking a ball. All eyes, once again, were on the Second XI as they travelled to Haltemprice, a team Cliffe beat 9-4 last season.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Haltemprice once again scored four goals but that was all the goals the game saw as Cliffe 2nd XI suffered a demoralising 4-0 defeat.
Cliffe didn’t look up for it one bit and Haltemprice took the lead when after two great saves from Cliffe ‘keeper, Marc Brown, no Cliffe players reacted and the home side players were lining up to finish off the chance. Haltemprice’s second goal came from lack-lustre marking and the ball was headed into the net. It was three for the home side before half-time as a long range effort went through Brown and Cliffe went into half time 3-nil down.
Even with Tom Hogg, who scored a 15 minute hat-trick here last season, and both Matt and Scott Birch in centre midfield couldn’t en still Cliffe to want to fight for the game. Haltemprice’s forth arguably was against the run of play as Cliffe started the brighter in the second half. A simple one-on-one chance finished off, Cliffe heads dropped and things could have been a lot worse if Haltemprice didn’t waste their chances.
Brown, Hawksworth, Buck (C), Ford, Summers, Lonsdale, M. Birch, Horner (Hallam), Ellwood (S. Birch), Hogg, Worrillow (Lees)