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FT: 5-0 W
Cliffe FC bounced back from last Saturday’s home defeat by winning away from home beating Shiptonthorpe 5 goals to nil and featured a Dave Heron hat-trick.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
For the first fifteen minutes, Shiptonthorpe competed well with Cliffe considering that the home side sit at the foot of the table that is until Cliffe settled and when Dave Heron flighted a corner ball directly into the net Cliffe began to show the type of football they can play. With some lovely link up play by Aaron Tiplady and Ben Rawson, Rawson set Heron up to volley the ball into the net from 25 yards to put Cliffe into a 2-nil lead. With dominance shown by central-midfield pairing Andy’s Kirkham and Addison through-out the half, the only Cliffe worry was that of the cut suffered by David Evans on a delicate area within his shorts after been studded. :-S
Cliffe lead 2-0 at half-time.
Second half saw Cliffe continue to be the better side and after some superb hold-up play by Aaron Tiplady, Andy Addison crossed the ball for Heron to head the ball into the net for his and Cliffe’s third goal. Kev Taylor was a thorn in the Shiptonthorpe’s side as he continued to pressure their defence. Cliffe had a forth when substitute Aaron Lees was felled in the box and it was Lees who stepped up to place the ball into the net for his first goal for the Cliffe FC 1st XI. Heron continued to push for his “Arshavin forth” but was denied. With a brace of Taylor misses, Cliffe had an opportunity to get a fifth again from the spot when the ball was handled in the box. Centre-half, Andy Moughan, stepped up and emphatically smashed the ball onto the bar from 12 yards and he still seeks his first competitive Cliffe FC goal. (The crossbar is probably still shaking now!) Cliffe did have a fifth when Tom Hogg pressured two defenders and poked the ball home to put Cliffe 5-0 ahead shortly before the full-time whistle.
With this nice 5-0 win, the ERCL Division Three title is still firmly in sight with only Total Signs and Hedon Rangers sitting above them who still have to play each other and Cliffe.
Hornsea Town Reserves travel to Oxen Lane this Saturday to face Cliffe FC.
Harris, Hawksworth, Evans (Horner), Birch (C), Moughan, Addison, Kirkham, Taylor, Heron, A. Tiplady (Lees), Rawson (Hogg)
Heron (3), Lees (pen), Hogg