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FT: 2-1 W
After last week’s disappointing result, Cliffe FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 away win against Stillington.
Dave Clifton writes…
Cliffe easily begun the brighter team and had the majority of possession early on and Stillington’s threat came in the form of a counter-attack. The home side managed to opening scoring with a goal against the run of play and Cliffe had is all to do. With Andy Addison and Ian Beckram returning from ‘international duty’ they created the spark that drew Cliffe level as Addison supplied the ball for Ben Rawson to poke home for 1-1 before the break.
Cliffe pushed on from the 1-1 half-time score and had to go for the win, James Parish looked in great form in the Cliffe defence and dealt with a lot that Stillington threw at him and Ally Harris in the Cliffe goal made some nice saves. The game’s referee rarely would put up with any back-chat and had a word with a few of the Cliffe players as frustration set in. A corner from Baz Summers would see Cliffe go into the lead when Rawson converted the ball into the net for his, and Cliffe’s, second goal. The task to see the win out got that little bit harder when substitute Tom Dunning was sent-off for what looked like a foul throw! With some hard work from the Cliffe team combined with the fresh legs of Aaron Lees and Richard Milner, the away side saw out the 2-1 win for all three points.
Saturday turned out to be a good afternoon for Cliffe as it also saw Crayke lose 5-3 to Civil Service, leaving Cliffe two points behind second placed Crayke and having to face Crayke away next Saturday. The games come thick and fast from now until the end of the season as both Cliffe teams are in action on Wednesday as the Reserves travel to Fulford and the First team entertain an in-form Wheldrake side.
Cliffe FC Man Of The Match: Andy Kirkham.
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