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York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve D
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 4 – 1 F1 Racing Reserves
Cliffe FC Reserves move into third spot with three games remaining with a 4-1 home victory against F1 Racing Reserves, both sides enduring a freak weather storm during the first half.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
For me that was the best performance of our season, all the battling qualities we’ve shown in the last few months were there and we imposed ourselves in the game well but I was also really pleased with the numbers in the opposition box. A genuinely outstanding performance from all concerned but more importantly we all send our best wishes to Layton Hallam and are hoping his injury is not as serious as the initial diagnosis suggests.
~ David Hebson, 26th January 2014.
Cliffe were dealt an early blow when Layton Hallam had to leave the field after suffering a knee injury, suspected ligament damage the cause as he had to be assisted to leave the pitch, Ben Rawson his replacement. Rawson almost scored with his first touch, a volley on the edge of the box that went over. Cliffe did take the lead near the quarter hour mark, a Nathan Leach free-kick breaking nicely for Joe White to put past the ‘keeper, 1-0. Then, a gusty and heavy rain storm hammered the field of play and players making it almost impossible to look into the wind – the storm itself claiming multiple abandonments in York League games, including F1 Racing’s first team game at Thorpe. For all the weather troubles, Cliffe kept the ball on the floor and extended their lead, Chris Jackson finishing off a chance in the area to make it 2-0. F1 got themselves back into the game, after Gareth Anderton was penalised for a foul in the area, Ben Calverley’s converted penalty made it 2-1. Jackson doubled his tally before half-time and made the score 3-1 at the break rounding the ‘keeper and passing the ball into the back of the net, 3-1 HT.
The second half started well for Cliffe as White grabbed his second of the match from inside the area to make it 4-1. Because of the first-half rain storm the condition of the pitch deteriorated somewhat but still Cliffe were able to carve out further chances, Jay Grundy having a shot brilliantly tipped round the post, Rawson putting a shot wide thinking he was offside, Aaron Lees putting a shot over after some nice skill and White narrowly blasting a shot over the bar in what would’ve been his hat-trick. With injury to Cliffe ‘keeper Ally Harris, Chris Jackson played a portion of the second-half in goal and had little to deal with, apart from nutmegging an F1 player inside his area. In fact all three subs were forced due to injury, Matt Birch also having to leave the field due to a hip injury. 4-1 was the final score in a very good performance for David Hebson’s men.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Nathan Leach.
LRB Trophies F1 Racing MOTM: Mark Pink.
Cliffe FC Reserves have three fixtures remaining in their pursuit of the Reserve D title, next week they travel to basement club Bishop Wilton, then welcome them to Oxen Lane on 15th February before ending the division fixtures on 8th March away at Rufforth. To enable the Reserve D sides more games, the Reserve D “Supplementary” division starts will also begin for Cliffe FC Reserves during March and April.
Cliffe FC first team’s game at Wilberfoss was postponed due to water-logging, and they return to action next week at home to East Riding Rangers in East Riding County Cup.
Harris (Ni Horner), Leach, Williams, Dickson, Birch (S Gallagher), J Grundy (C), Hallam (Rawson), White, Lees, Anderton, Jackson.
Cliffe FC Goals: White (2), Jackson (2).