Both Cliffe FC sides were in action against their Hedon counterparts, the seconds faced Hedon Rangers Juniors away and the first XI entertained Hedon Rangers Reserves at Cliffe Park.
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With the Cliffe Park pitch shrouded in fog, Cliffe’s game against Hedon went ahead, but, for the first time in Cliffe’s history a fixture finished 0-0.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
This fixture pitted first place against second. Cliffe began the game in second place with a game in hand and both teams wanted the win. This made for a competitive game with midfielder, Ian Beckram, nearly letting his temper get the better of him. Cliffe Captain, Andy Kirkham [Captain Kirk 😉 ] was able to calm the Cliffe midfield down as the home side tried to gain a foot-hold in the game. Dave Heron made some great runs down the left wing but a clear cut chance didn’t come the home sides way. Cliffe ‘keeper, Ally Harris, was called in to action to stop a clear cut Hedon goalscoring chance. With very little quality football played, half time arrived.
Cliffe obviously wanted to come out and win the game to leapfrog Hedon to go top but second half played out very much like the first with no clear chances being created. If anything Hedon came closest, once more Harris keeping the score goal-less. Cliffe began to come forward more and more. A scramble in front of the Hedon goal saw multiple Cliffe players have chances with Luke Crowther having his blasted shot saved on the line by a defender’s stomach! Cliffe pushed for a winner late on with Beckram dribbling through the defnence without being able to get a shot off, centre-halves Crowther and Andy Moughan had to deal with possible counters. A pair of Crowther free-kick’s, the first narrowly going over, were Cliffe’s final chances and the points were shared in the fog.
Harris, Hawksworth, Simpson, Moughan, Crowther, Beckram, Kirkham (C), Cawkill, Heron, Rawson, Summers (Batey)