Cliffe made it three out of three wins in pre season with an Ash Lattimore double and a debut goal for Ryan McEvoy.
Simon Davies writes…
With 10 unavailable through injury or other commitments, Cliffe still fielded a much stronger line up than for most of last season.
A Jonathan Wileman through ball put Lattimore through for his first on 9 minutes, and a host of fine saves from the Copmanthorpe goal keeper kept Cooper, and Lattimore form increasing the scoreline.
On 28 minutes Ryan McEvoy pounced on a through ball from Mark Buck and after beating the full back, beat the keeper, on his near post.
Copmanthorpe had hardly been into Cliffe’s half for the first 45 minutes apart from one free kick that Rob Gallaghar turned around low to his left for a Copmanthorpe corner.
At the turn aroun Cliffe realised straight away what an advantage the wind had been in the first half, and they struggled to get out of their own half.
Copmanthorpe failed to capitalise, and when Lattimore once again picked the ball up on the right, he ran across the area, and hit a thunderbolt into the net to put the game beyond doubt.
At this point the game turned into a real ‘friendly’ with plenty of good natured banter flying around the pitch. Manager Simon Davies once again made a comeback at the ripe old age of 46, to the amusement of plenty of players.
Then with the last kick of the game, Copmanthorpe broke the offside trap, and duly scored to the annoyance of Gallaghar in the Cliffe goal, who wanted a clean sheet.
Cliffe will still have to improve greatly, as the Sunday Division 1 is as tough a Sunday league as there is. But with plenty of new signings this term, the signs are far better than last season.