Cliffe FC vs. Rawcliffe (H) 17th March 2012

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York Minster Engineering Football League – Division Two
HT: 3-2
FT: Cliffe FC 5 – 2 Rawcliffe

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Cliffe FC repeat the scoreline of a fortnight ago, beating Rawcliffe 5-2 in another competent team performance.
Malcolm Bryce writes…

Cliffe FC 5 - 2 Rawcliffe 17Mar12

Keith Tiplady, after the 5-2 win, said:

“Despite an early scare we never looked in danger and like our last meeting it could have been a cricket score. Fantastic goal from Luke, and some great displays all-round. Massive game next Saturday, season defining. Must win.”

Luke Crowther opened scoring after 5 minutes, bringing the ball down and half-volleying the ball over the the ‘keeper and into the roof of the net from at least 30 yards, 1-0. After Dave Reasbeck was penalised for hand-ball inside the box, Rawcliffe levelled from the penalty spot, having to retake the spot-kick due to encroachment, 1-1. Rawcliffe raced into the lead within 90 seconds of the equaliser, looping a freekick over everyone including Cliffe ‘keeper Ally Harris in Ronaldinho-2002-esque fashion, 1-2. Cliffe levelled ten minutes before the break, Andy Addison heading the ball over the ‘keeper after a long-throw, 2-2.

Cliffe FC 5 - 2 Rawcliffe 17Mar12

A goal-mouth scramble lead to Cliffe re-taking the lead after the referee spotted a handball. Crowther scored the penalty, at the second attempt as once again the referee ordered a retake due to encroachment, to make the score 3-2 at the interval.

Steve Rowbottom extended Cliffe’s lead two minutes into the second half, left-footing the ball neatly into the bottom corner, 4-2. From this point Cliffe began to exert pressure in-search of another goal, but yet again Chris Harkin was left frustrated against Rawcliffe.

Cliffe FC 5 - 2 Rawcliffe 17Mar12

Harris had to make a decent save to keep the score at 4-2 after a decent Rawcliffe effort on goal. Reasbeck hit the bar after a sweetly struck shot and a few more half-chances came and went for Tiplady’s side. Rowbottom rounded things off when the ball broke to him inside the area, firing the ball through a crowd and the ‘keeper to make the final score 5-2.

Cliffe FC 5 - 2 Rawcliffe 17Mar12

With Cliffe FC’s promotion run-in well and truly begun, they host 2nd-placed Aviva in must win six-pointer next Saturday at The Bowling Green, Selby.

24th March 2012 – York League Division Two – Cliffe FC vs. Aviva.

Cliffe FC Scorers: Crowther (2), Rowbottom (2), Addison.
Cliffe FC MOTM: Luke Crowther.

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Cliffe FC 2ndXI Match Summary
York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve ‘C’ Section
HT: 2-1
FT: Crayke Reserves 3 – 2 Cliffe FC Reserves

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