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FT: 3-1 W
Cliffe FC travelled to face Selby Railway and in a game where Cliffe finished their clear chances and ran out 3-1 winners.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Railway in previous weeks have been looking strong in pre-season and having competed in the division Cliffe are moving into this season and finishing 2nd, this game was the perfect barometer for Cliffe.
Cliffe began brightly, as did Railway, and it looked as if either side could score. Railway did struggle at times to cope with the power of Tom Hogg and with bursting runs from Andy Kirkham and Andy Addison it was felt Cliffe were going to be first to score. Cliffe did indeed open scoring and it would be Hogg that would put Cliffe 1-nil up before half-time.
With a swap of Cliffe ‘keepers from Ally Harris to Jamie Hawksworth this 45 minute period would be busier for Hawksworth. Railway created many chances and the Cliffe ‘keeper had to make many saves to keep Cliffe ahead. Cliffe played some nice football and Aaron Tiplady held the ball up up-top superbly and after some nice interchange play between Tiplady, Hogg, Kev Simpson and Kev Taylor it would be Hogg who squared the ball for Taylor to smash the ball into the roof of the net for 2-nil Cliffe. Railway clawed it back to 2-1 when Chris Coxon, for Railway, burst down the left wing to force Matt Birch to put the ball past his own ‘keeper. This scoreline only lasted seconds when, straight from kick-off, Cliffe went up the other end of the field and Tom Lonsdale bravely nicked the ball past ‘keeper and defender to put Cliffe 3-1 up which would remain until the final whistle.
This game could be likened to Cliffe’s previous two friendlies which saw Cliffe waste chances and ultimately pay for this as the other team would score the few chances they had. Railway arguably had the chances to win the game but Cliffe finished their clear chances which saw them win 3-1 and both Harris and Hawksworth made decent saves to deny Railway.
Harris, Hawksworth, Simpson, Hallam, Evans, Sowden, Kirkham, Addison, Taylor, Wileman, Cawkill, Lonsdale, Hogg, Tiplady,
Hogg, Taylor, Lonsdale