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York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve D
FT: St Clements Reserves 5 – 2 Cliffe FC Reserves
Defensive errors proved costly as St Clements strengthen their promotion hopes whilst dealing a seemingly fatal blow to Cliffe FC Reserves promotion hopes in a 5-2 scoreline.
Hugo Delgado writes…
“It’s been a season with a lot of positives, today ends our promotion hopes but we will be very strong next season. I’m looking forward to it already! Our best wishes go to St Clements who deserve to get the promotion spot this year.”
~ Dave Hebson, 20th April 2013.
St Clements opened the scoring after Joe White headed into his own net from a free-kick tossed into the back post, 1-0. St Clements were enjoying the lion’s share of possession early on and out-worked Cliffe. However Cliffe started to find their feet started moving the ball well before Jay Grundy scored a thunderbolt volley from a corner to level the scores, 1-1. With Cliffe now well on top it seemed only one side would go on to win. In the final minute of the 1st-half St Clements knocked a seemingly innocuous ball over the top but unfortunately centre-half Marc Brown and ‘keeper Ally Harris failed to communicate when the latter rushed out to sweep up and ended up leaving it for each other, St Clements tapped in for 2-1, HT.
St Clements started the 2nd-half strongly and Cliffe seemed to lose their heads conceding two more really soft goals in the space of five mins to go 4-1 down. A change to a 4-3-3 saw Cliffe dominate possession and get a goal back from Joe White. A number of chances followed and a comeback looked a possibility but Cliffe were unable to finish their chances. A further change to 3-3-4 saw Cliffe throw the kitchen sink at St Clements but still unable to get back into the match as the home side rounded off scoring, 5-2. A final act of desperation saw manager Dave Hebson put himself on up front but still to no avail, 5-2 FT.
Cliffe FC Reserves:
Harris, Tiplady (N. Leach), Gallagher, Brown (Sutherland), Birch (C), K. Taylor, White, Carter, Grundy, Ni Horner (Hebson), Bodycombe.
Goals: Grundy, White.
MOTM: Toby Bodycombe.