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FT: 1-4 L
Another frustrating day at the office sees Cliffe FC drop more points after doing enough in the first half to beat league leaders Elvington Harriers.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Cliffe went into Saturday’s game 4 points adrift of Elvington and for the first 25 minutes a un-informed neutral may think Cliffe were the league leaders as they dominated the opening quarter of the game. With some hard work from Will Ramsay and Ben Rawson combined with winger Andy Kirkham Cliffe opened scoring from opposite winger Kev Taylor for 1-0. It should of being 2-0 as Ramsay crossed for Rawson to put the ball into the open net but, as per last week’s disallowed Tom Hogg goal against Aviva, Rawson was judged offside even after Ramsay played the ball backwards from the byline. This was the first of two turning points as even though Cliffe created many chances in the first half-hour, Elvington came back into the game and equalised directly from a freekick, beating Ally Harris to see the half-time score read 1-1.
“Cliffe FC did enough to put this game away in the first half and fell apart when chances weren’t converted.”
Second half saw Cliffe have the ideal opportunity to 2-1 ahead when Andy Addison won a penalty after being hacked down. Dan Collins stepped up and had his spot-kick saved and also missed the follow up. This was the vital second turning point, as Elvington took a 2-1 lead when their quick forward shinned the ball off the underside of the bar. As Cliffe chased an equaliser, Elvington scored another for 3-1. The introduction of Ian Beckram, Mark Bennett and Shane Cawkill was Keith Tiplady’s substitutions to try salvage something from the game, Cawkill having the biggest impact to the game as he was adjudged to have hand-balled inside the area but the home-side forward blasted the ball high and wide. Even with the luxury of a missed penalty, Elvington scored another before the end for 4-1 final score.
Harris, Atton, Birch (Capt), Collins, St Smith, Sh Smith, Addison (Cawkill), Kirkham, Taylor (Bennett), Rawson (Beckram), Ramsay
Cliffe Scorer: Taylor
The frustrating thing about Cliffe’s recent run of poor form is that they have continued to, by the most part, played easily the better football in each of these matches and have failed to deal with nearly all of their opponents playing the long ball game because when teams try to play football against Cliffe they just can’t compete, as Elvington found in the first half of Saturday’s match, and when Cliffe have played teams of higher standard.
Elvington sit on top of the York Minster Engineering Division Three table, 7 points clear of Cliffe FC who now sit fifth place, on goal difference.
York Minster Engineering League Division Three table (as at 14th November 2010)
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Cliffe FC 2ndXI Summary (East Riding County FA Cup – Round 2)
Cliffe FC Reserves 1 – 3 Hutton Cranswick SRA
Cliffe FC’s only remaining participants in the ERCFA Cup bow out to Oxen Lane visitors, Hutton Cranswick SRA’s first team. Cranswick won the game 3-1 as Cliffe FC Reserves finish the game with 10-men, for the second week in a rown, after the the dismissal of captain Aaron Lees in the first half. Nathan Parker scored Cliffe’s goal, his first first for the Oxen Lane club.