Cliffe Football Club vs. Cross Keys (N) 3rd May 08

HT: 4-1
FT: 6-2 W
Cliffe FC win Harold Robinson Memorial Cup

Cliffe FC were on the road as they travelled to their first final to be played at Queensgate, the home ground of Brid’ Town. Cliffe faced Cross Keys, a team they have played away to in the league winning 2-1. This match pitted 1st against 3rd from ERCL Div. 5.
Malcolm Bryce writes…

Cliffe almost had the lead with their first chance but continued to create and soon had the lead after a counter attack lead to Tom Hogg opening the scoring for 1-0 to the new league champions. Keys created little whereas Cliffe created every time they went forward, with Kev Taylor and Dave Heron having the beating of the Keys defence, and a second followed after the ball managed to come off Dave Heron and into the net for 2-0 Cliffe. Hogg had his second, and Cliffe’s third, after scoring an opportunistic chance inside the area. Hogg completed a first half hat-trick with a nice finish from the left. Keys did make it 4-1 with a quick free-kick from just outside the box. 4-1 was the half-time score.

Cross Keys had a penalty awarded early in the second half but was emphatically denied by Cliffe ‘keeper, Ally Harris, tipping the ball round the post to his left. Keys did manage a second making it 4-2. Cliffe’s fifth came courtesy off an Alan Jackson boot from a corner kick making it 5-2. Cliffe brought on 16-year-old, Byron Summers, and he scored with his first touch putting Cliffe into a 6-2 lead. The final whistle blew and Cliffe run out 6-2 winners.

Cliffe FC’s name is engraved on the Harold Robinson Memorial Cup, also with this win Cliffe complete the League-Cup Double. Cliffe FC would like to thank their sponsors Bread Bin and Pure Silk for their continued support. Cliffe FC would also like to thank the New Inn, Cliffe for their hospitality.

Cliffe Team:
A. Harris, K. Simpson, M. Birch, D. Evans, A. Moughan, S. Birch, A. Kirkham (Sowden), K. Taylor, D. Heron (Summers), A. Jackson (Walker), T. Hogg

Cliffe Scorers:
T. Hogg (3), D. Heron, A. Jackson, B. Summers

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Whilst under the guise of "Bruce" my actual name is Malcolm Bryce and I am the Media Manager of Cliffe FC.