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York FA – Saturday Junior Cup 1st Round
FT: Tockwith Reserves 3 – 3 Cliffe FC Reserves – Cliffe FC Reserves win 4-1 on penalties.
Cliffe FC Reserves advanced to the next round of York Junior FA Cup after a hard fought battle at Tockwith.
Simeon Leach writes…
Despite Cliffe have the better of the early exchanges Tockwith took the lead against the run of play. However this lead didn’t last long and Cliffe soon equalised with a fantastic finish by Nigel Horner after a well worked short corner. Despite Cliffe still looking the slicker team chances were at a premium and the score remained 1-1 at half time.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first but as long as Cliffe didn’t score there was always a worry Tockwith would sneak one on the break and sure enough they did after a mix up in the Cliffe defence, followed by a fine individual goal by their number 10, leaving Cliffe 1-3 down and facing a mountain to climb.
Cliffe quickly reduced the deficit when David Lees fired into the top corner from 20 yards for his first senior Cliffe goal. It was all Cliffe now, and they deservedly drew level with 10 minutes to go when Jay “Goals” Grundy continued his scoring streak by getting the FAINTEST touch to a wickedly in-swinging corner.
Despite Cliffe being well on top there were no further goals and the match went to the lottery of penalties.
Jay Grundy coolly put away the first penalty, which followed by a fantastic diving save by Ally Harris gave Cliffe the advantage. Further penalties by Tom Grundy and Nathan Leach plus another save by Harris, left Lewys Williams to fire home the fourth penalty and give Cliffe what was overall probably a deserved victory. MOTM was Layton Hallam for a fantastic performance in centre midfield, despite looking like he was dying for the final 30 minutes.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Layton Hallam.
LRB Trophies Tockwith MOTM: TBC.
Harris, Cook, R Brown (Rose), Birch, Williams, N Leach, Hallam, J Grundy, D Lees, Sutherland (S Gallagher), Ni Horner (T Grundy).
Cliffe FC Goals: Ni Horner, D Lees, J Grundy.
…Kind Thanks to Marc Brown for match photos…