With two first half penalties, a sending off and a Tom Hogg winner from a seemingly impossible angle, Cliffe FC took all three points against promotion rivals Fulford United and maintain the villager’s lead at the top of the York Minster Engineering Football League Division Three.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Cliffe had the better of the opening 10 or so minutes as Tom Hogg hit the crossbar from a header but Fulford opened scoring when Shane Cawkill handled the ball in the wall from a freekick and the referee awarded a penalty. Fulford scored the spot-kick, 0-1. Cliffe were the better side through-out the rest of the half and Hogg hit the woodwork again as the home-side searched for a leveller. The eventual Cliffe equaliser came via the game’s second penalty when Chris Jackson was felled in the six yard box and he dusted himself off and emphatically smashed the ball past the giant Fulford ‘keeper for 1-1 at the break.
With a strong cross wind across the Oxen Lane pitch, Cliffe had the utilise the ability of Andy Addison and Will Ramsay in the middle of the Cliffe midfield and within a minute of the re-start Fulford’s inability to deal with the Addison/Ramsay duo saw Fulford’s skipper kick-out and head-butt Ramsay leaving the referee no option but to reduce the away side to 10-men via a straight red. If anything the sending off galvanised the away side as Cliffe struggled to get out of the lower gears. The match winning moment came on the 75th minute when, after a sliced clearance from Fulford’s ‘keeper, Hogg kept the ball in play between the six yard line and edge of the area and in one movement turned and ever so neatly placed the ball into the top corner, bouncing around four times in the goal stanchion! Hogg celebrated with delight as he ended his mini-drought in a Cliffe shirt. Some slight edgy moments testing Cliffe ‘keeper Jamie Hawksworth and half-chances for Cliffe to score another came and went and the referee blew for full-time. Cliffe took all three points and man-of-the-match went to William Ramsay.
Cliffe FC are now four-points ahead of second placed Aviva at top of York League Division Three table and Cliffe’s mission remains the same; win their last two games to guarantee promotion.
The only two teams that can catch Cliffe with their games in hand are Fulford and Aviva, and they have to play each other twice. Cliffe need one or both of these sides to slip if the Oxen Lane are to finish in 1st place. Cliffe FC now have only two games remaining; Rufforth United away on Saturday 16th April and their final league fixture is on Saturday 30th April when they play hosts to F1 Racing FC.
Other York League Results from 2nd April 2011:
Division Three: Aviva 3 – 1 Rufforth United; Barmby Moor 1 – 6 Osbaldwick; Wheldrake 3 – 1 Elvington Harriers
Reserve ‘D’ (double header result): Huby Utd Reserves 0 – 4 Strensall Reserves; Strensall Reserves 2 – 2 Huby Utd Reserves
Next Weeks Cliffe FC Fixtures, 9th April 2011:
Division Three: No Cliffe FC first team fixture
Reserve ‘D’ Double-Header: Cliffe FC 2ndXI vs. Huby Utd Reserves (1.15pm and 3.15pm kick-off)
Hawksworth, Atton, Gladwell, Birch, Durnin, Addison, Ramsay, Taylor, Cawkill (Bugg), Jackson (Kirkham), Hogg
Unused subs: Sh Smith, Crowther, Lyon
Cliffe FC Man-Of-The-Match: Will Ramsay
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