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FT: 3-3 D
Cliffe FC began life in York League Division Three with an away trip. In a dissapointing performance, Cliffe FC scraped a 3-3 draw.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Cliffe debuted their new kit and training gear, sponsored by Abbey Pest Control, on the opening day of the league season. Things began well for Cliffe when they opened scoring within 90 seconds when Kev Taylor got the better of a goal-line scramble to put the away side ahead. Strensall had the better of the rest of the half and if they didn’t waste their chances they could have been ahead. Manager, Keith Tiplady, wanted an improvement second half.
Strensall continued to apply pressure and their inevitable equaliser arrived, along with two more goals, to see the home side take a 3-1 lead and leave Cliffe looking at defeat. Cliffe were granted a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty when Billy Atton was fouled in the area. David Evans stepped up and made the score 2-3 and get Cliffe back into the game. With time almost up and Cliffe still behind, a freekick outside the area would lead to Tom Hogg overhead hooking the ball back into the box which lead to Aaron Tiplady slamming the ball into the bottom corner to equalise in the 94th minute.
This was a disappointing performance for Cliffe and they were lucky to come away a point. They infact play hosts to Strensall in cup competition on 26th September but they return to league competition next weekend as they play hosts to Stillington whilst the reserves travel to Dunnington in Reserve Cup competition.
Harris, Simpson, Dunning (Wilcockson), Birch (C), Evans, Atton, Addison, Taylor, Cawkill (Wileman), A. Tiplady, Hogg
Taylor, Evans (P), Tiplady
– 2nd XI Summary –
Cliffe FC’s 2nd XI were also in action on Saturday but after going 1-0 up through a Tom Lonsdale goal eventually lost 2-1 to Fulford Reserves at home.