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York FA Junior Cup – 1st Round
FT: 1-2 L
Cliffe FC Reserves lost 2-1 today to Moor Lane in the York FA Cup with Tom Hogg opening the scoring from distance before Addison was sent off late on.
Steve Wilcockson writes…
For those of you reading on cliffefc.com where nothing is ever censored……..Cliffe were knocked out of the cup at the first hurdle thanks to what can only be described as an act of the Almighty Himself. The opposition scoring with their only two chances of the game, whereas the home side found their route to net blocked by everything and anything worldly form. Indeed it would be fair to say that had the game continued to the present time, they still would be 2-1 down.
A new venue of “The Bowling Green” in Selby ought to have heralded a victory against division four opponents Moor Lane, with an exceptionally strong Cliffe side beating the traffic to make the fixture.
Quickly taking control of the game in the centre of midfield, Bugg and Addison were rarely troubled, likewise Horner and Simpson behind them. The only defensive drama being a long ball which Horner headed past the on rushing Harris, but cleared inside the six yard box.
Offensively, the home side were well in the ascendancy, with Lees constantly troubling his opposite number, an early cross being volleyed against the post by Ellwood setting the tone for the whole game.
Cliffe finally took a deserved lead when Hogg found space 35 yards out and lashed a vicious shot past the helpless keeper. All the signs pointed to a capitulation, unfortunately higher powers had other ideas.
The second goal simply didn’t come, despite the best efforts of Bugg, Lees, Hogg, Ellwood and Gallagher…the signs appeared ominous for a long day…
Sure enough, a failure to clear the ball on the left led to a corner in which the Moor Lane player was allowed a free head and duly converted, right on the stroke of half time.
Starting as they left off, the home side had so many chances that unless this report was allowed to run to the length of the 32 volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica, they could not all be adequately described. Almost every player went close or created a chance for a team-mate, Hogg and Lees probably combining to waste the best opportunity.
As is the way in these games, a solitary corner for the away side again saw them score to take the lead. Slack marking again leaving an unmarked player, and the usually solid Harris seeing the ball fail to stick to his hands.
Cliffe then literally through everything at Moor Lane: the kitchen sink; the tables; chairs; in fact all the furniture. The one thing manager Wilson can say is that at least his house and garage are now clean.
Nothing, unfortunately worked. Addison, Hogg and Bugg were denied strong penalty claims, with Addison also being booked for dissent after the referee gave a goal kick when his skill appeared to have kept the ball in play.
The rest of the game played out this way. Cliffe attacking with usually deadly players looking as comfortable in front of goal as Billy Paynter, on a bad day.
Addison was booked for a second offence which in the true style of Arsene Wenger, this reporter has to say he “didn’t see”, meaning the home side finished with ten men.
Hogg had a chance to equalise in the dying seconds and Simpson’s cross found him unmarked at the back post, only for his side foot “finish” to end up in the Abbey School yard.
To be fair, the performance, if not the result, was a creditable one for the blue and whites, with a good account being given against fairly comparable opposition. They now find themselves, as the cliché goes, free to concentrate on the league.
Cliffe FC Reserves Manager, Gary Wilson, said:
“After dominating the match for long periods it was frustrating not to get the result we deserved against a higher ranked team. It’s disappointing but we to take the positives from it in that if we had been playing a league game we would have won comfortably today.”
Cliffe FC: Harris, Wilcockson, Horner, Simpson, Summers (Heron), Lees (capt), Addison, Bugg, Gallagher (Birch), Ellwood (Hutton), Hogg
MOM: Kev Simpson