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FT: 3-0 W
Cliffe FC continued on from their performance last week by beating a stubborn Wheldrake side away from home which wasn’t as simple as the 3-0 scoreline suggests.
Hugo Delgado writes…
Saturday’s match was Cliffe FC and Wheldrake’s sixth meeting in two seasons and the previous record suggested what would end up be a tightly contested match. (Previous matches; 2 Wheldrake wins, 1 draw, 2 Cliffe FC wins)
The home side started the more attacking as Cliffe were pegged back. It took a good 20 minutes for Cliffe to come into the game as they began to place some nice football as they looked for the opener and began to exert pressure as Andy Kirkham hit the top corner of the post/bar also coming inches away from connecting with a cross. Wheldrake had a volley go wide from a left wing cross and they also had the ball in the net but the ball had gone out of play before the cross was made by the Wheldrake winger, this was the let off for Cliffe. With just over 35 minutes gone, Chris Jackson controlled the ball in the box, held off the challenge off the Wheldrake defender and smashed the ball past the ‘keeper for 1-nil to the away side. Andy Addison seem to be the thorn in Wheldrake’s side as he continued to break up their play whilst going forward for the away side.
Cliffe were put under a lot of pressure second half as Wheldrake wanted to get the equaliser and hit the bar from a long range shot and also failing in attempt to log Jamie Hawksworth in the Cliffe goal. Cliffe Captain, Scott Birch had to exert his dominance in the air as he won his aerial challenges to contain the home side. Cliffe’s only opportunities came from set-piece as Addison had a great header brilliantly saved by Wheldrake’s ‘keeper to keep the score 1-0. Wheldrake went to all out attack and with little time left on the clock Hawksworth was called into action as he made what would turn out a game-winning-save in the Cliffe goal. Inevitably Cliffe had the counter-attack on and with the introduction of pacey Shane Cawkill, any counter could be result in a goal. Will Ramsay was unlucky to see his long range lob go wide but made a mends when he scored two goals in 60 seconds of injury time to seal the points for Cliffe, slotting the ball into the net both times past a stranded ‘keeper. 3-0 to Cliffe FC the final score.
A pleasing performance from Cliffe FC away to a stubborn Wheldrake side in both an attacking and defensive sense. At time Cliffe were really under pressure and Hawksworth fully deserves his clean sheet.
This result moves Cliffe FC into 4th place,
to within one point of new league leaders F1 Racing FC after Elvington lost to Stillington 4-1.
24th Jan ’11 – Correction: F1 Racing’s lead at the top of the table lasted less than 24 hours as the Elvington vs. Stillington score was incorrectly reported as 4-1 by York League, to correct score was a 4-4 draw. Elvington Harriers remain top of the table on goal difference. Cliffe FC are 4th, 1 point from top.
Hawksworth, Simpson (Rhodes), Atton, Birch (C), Durnin, Addison, Olsson, Kirkham (St Smith), Taylor, C. Jackson (Cawkill), Ramsay
Cliffe Scorers: Will Ramsay (2), Chris Jackson
Cliffe FC Man-Of-The-Match: Jamie Hawksworth
Cliffe FC 2ndXI Summary (York League – Reserve Section D)
Cliffe FC 2ndXI 5 – 0 F1 Racing FC Reserves
Report to follow…
Cliffe FC 2ndXI Scorers: Nathan Parker (4 [1 Pen]), Richard Milner
Cliffe FC 2ndXI Man-Of-The-Match: Dan Collins