With two first half goals, Cliffe FC see off a competitive Osbaldwick side as the Oxen Lane club extend their lead at the top of the York Minster Engineering Football League Division Three table.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
By their own standards, Cliffe FC struggled to get out of first gear as they ground out a win at home and the opening of the game saw Cliffe fail to get going until after the 25 minute mark. Things did not go to plan when Cliffe ‘keeper Micky Caglar had to leave the field on the 10 minute mark after damaging his shoulder making a routine dive. Caglar was taken to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, but is a unlucky blow to the young ‘keeper who was starting his second game for Cliffe firsts. Midfielder, Andy Addison pulled on the goalie shirt and gloves to replace Caglar for the remaining 80 minutes. The opening goal came from an Ian Beckram free-kick that was headed into the net by the faintest of touches by Sean Bugg for 1-0. When Cliffe strung three or four passes together, they carved Osbaldwick apart and a great flowing move on the half-hour mark saw Chris Jackson round the ‘keeper and prod the ball into the net to make the score 2-0 at the interval.
The second half was frustrating for many Cliffe players as they failed to build upon their lead and Osbaldwick continued to compete but failed to take advantage of their chance’s, with Andy Addison pulling off a fantastic save to keep the score 2-0. At times the game was quite stretched and Cliffe had their fair share of chances as Tom Hogg became further frustrated in front of goal as he searched to end his ‘goal-drought’ in a Cliffe shirt. Cliffe Captain, Scott Birch nullified any aerial threat from the away side as he dominated in the air from long balls and goal kicks. The introduction of Shaun Smith and the return of Luke Crowther saw Cliffe carve out a few more half-chances and Crowther should have scored with the last kick of the game but failed to do so from close range as the ball managed to find it’s way on to his unfavoured left-foot as the ‘keeper smothered his shot. 2-0 full time.
Cliffe FC man-of-the-match went to, stand-in ‘keeper, Andy Addison who’s fantastic save denied Osbaldwick a way back into the game after he replaced the injured Micky Caglar after 10 minutes.
Saturday’s win sees Cliffe go five points clear at the top of the York League Division Three table and with Aviva dropping points against Wheldrake, Cliffe’s promotion hopes are as simple as this –
“Cliffe FC win all their remaining four games, Cliffe FC are promoted.”
|York League – Div Three @ 19th March 2011, 7pm||P||W||D||L||F||A||Pts||GD|
|7||Fulford FC United||9||5||2||2||29||10||17||19|
Other York League Results from 19th March:
Division Three: Aviva 1 – 1 Wheldrake; Barmby Moor 0 – 4 Civil Service; F1 Racing 2 – 0 Rufforth United
Reserve ‘D’: Bishop Wilton Res 1 – 2 Civil Service Res; Huby United Res 6 – 2 F1 Racing Res; Tadcaster Magnets Res 5 – 0 Selby RSSC Res
Cliffe FC Reserves remain top of York League Reserve ‘D’ Section with the gap narrowed to a point by Civil Service with Cliffe having games in hand on all but two of their Reserve ‘D’ rivals.
Next Weeks Cliffe FC Fixtures, 26th March 2011
Division Three: Fulford United vs. Cliffe FC
Reserve ‘D’: Cliffe FC 2ndXI vs. F1 Racing Reserves
Caglar (Bugg), Kirkham (Crowther), Atton, Durnin, Birch [C], Ramsay, Addison, Beckram, Cawkill, Jackson (Sh Smith), Hogg
Cliffe Scorers: Bugg, C. Jackson
Cliffe FC Man-Of-The-Match: Andrew Addison