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FT: 0-3 L
Cliffe FC’s U21s maiden game ends in defeat against a very capable Hedon Rangers team in their opening fixture of ERCFA U21s Pilot League at Bishop Burton College.
Hugo Delgado writes…
From the first kick, Hedon’s pace was a problem for Cliffe’ back four and the opening goal was a special one, beating Jamie Hawksworth from outside the area into the top corner for 1-0 to Hedon. Cliffe did compete well but Tom Hogg and Christopher Jackson up top had only scraps to work with. Hogg had to make do with a half-chance before half-time. Andy Edwards and Shane Cawkill also worked hard down Cliffe’s left wing.
After half-time, Cliffe looked better in all areas of the pitch but the three in the middle of midfield for Hedon ran Sean Bugg and Dan Collins ragged. After Cliffe gave away possession Hedon took advantage and doubled their lead before making it 3-0 shortly after. Despite the scoreline, captain Luke Crowther and Nathan Horner did well against the Hedon front two but just couldn’t cope with the extra man dropping off. Cliffe had a guilt edge chance to score but Jackson’s shot was saved making the final score 0-3.
Cliffe FC U21s are back in action on Wednesday 1st September, again at Bishop Burton College, versus Bricknell Rangers and will be wanting to get a foothold on this league.
Hawksworth, Beach (Birch), Edwards, Crowther, Horner, Cawkill, Rayner (Caglar), Bugg, Collins, Jackson, Hogg
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