An extra-special equaliser from Ian Beckram sees Cliffe FC and Fulford United share the points as the York Minster Engineering Football League Division Three continues in it’s unpredictable manner.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
With Fulford’s cup runs, they are one of only two teams that could catch Cliffe FC, with their games in hand, at the top of the York League Division Three table at the start of play and with Cliffe travelling light on both centre-half’s and strikers, Keith Tiplady had to shuffle the pack, moving Ian Beckram to centre-half and moving Will Ramsay up top. The first half was very competitive with Cliffe’s only (half)chances flashing past the post and with neither team really test either ‘keeper the half time score read goal-less at 0-0.
The game, second half, became frustrating for Cliffe as the referee seemingly missed many of the fouls on Cliffe’s players via the home side’s challenges and the first of the away side’s penalty shouts saw Will Ramsay felled in the area but to no avail to the referee. As the game continued the contest looked as a single goal would settle it and when Fulford scored with about 20 minutes left to make it 1-0 and Cliffe had it all to do. The away side should have had a penalty and Fulford down to ten-men when Kev Taylor broke through on goal for Cliffe to rally the first challenge and then be hacked down in the area from the second challenge, but the referee failed to make any decision to the disgust of the Cliffe players and Taylor who laid in a heap holding his ankle. After this, other chances for both teams were few and far between and for Cliffe’s equaliser it took something very special; a volley from the half-way line! Ian Beckram spotted the ‘keeper off the line and volleyed the ball from all of 45 yards into the net to equalise to the delight of all the Cliffe contingent on and off the field. With Fulford scoring a disallowed goal after Cliffe ‘keeper Jamie Hawksworth was fouled and Ben Rawson having his shot deflected wide the final whistle blew on this very even match, 1-1 full time.
Cliffe FC man-of-the-match went to, not only for his special goal but for all round performance at centre-half, Ian Beckram.
Cliffe FC remain top of the York League Division Three table by three points ahead of F1 Racing, but need to beat Fulford next week and hope Aviva slip up but nothing changes for Cliffe FC’s league hopes: Cliffe FC still need to win all their remaining games to get promoted.
Other York League Results from 26th March:
Division Three: Civil Service 2 – 3 Osbaldwick; F1 Racing 6 – 1 Elvington Harriers; Rufforth United 0 – 1 Barmby Moor; Stillington 1 – 5 Aviva
Reserve ‘D’: Cliffe FC 2ndXI 4 – 2 F1 Racing Reserves; Civil Service Reserves 3 – 1 Bishop Wilton Reserves
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Next Weeks Cliffe FC Fixtures, 2nd April 2011:
Division Three: Cliffe FC vs. Fulford United
Reserve Cup, Round 1: Huntington Rovers Reserves
Hawksworth, Kirkham, Atton, Beckram, Birch [C], Addison, Olsson (Sh Smith), Bugg (Rawson), Cawkill (Taylor), Ramsay, Jackson
Cliffe Scorer: Ian Beckram
Cliffe FC Man-Of-The-Match: Ian Beckram