FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 2 – 5 Selby Olympia
Cliffe FC Sunday team return with a 5-2 defeat to Selby Olympia, but manager Jackson Lucitt is left with encouraging signs in his opening friendly.
Hugo Delgado writes…
On what was a glorious day for football, Cliffe entertained Selby Olympia in their first test as a newly formed team. Manager, Jackson Lucitt, was able to select his starting eleven from a total of eighteen, with several absentees yet to return from the summer break.
With the main emphasis on developing the youth talent already at Cliffe FC, Lucitt opted to give Nathan Leach the captain’s armband. Leach along with Jack Brocklebank and Kieran Dinsdale did not disappoint, strong performances from all three across the middle of the park saw them compete with, and at times dominate an experienced Olympia midfield.
After a nervous opening ten minutes, Cliffe settled in to their game. This did not look like a team that had been put together for the first time today, inspired passing, great movement and the attitude to match made them look more than comfortable in possession. Having said that, it was a lack of concentration which cost them their first goal. Even after conceding such a frustrating goal, Cliffe continued to play the football they knew they could. Great runs from Tom Elwood and superb vision from Tom Grundy had the Olympia defence asking questions of themselves. HT: Cliffe FC 0 – 1 Selby Olympia.
Half time and Lucitt made the changes to find out more about the players and the second half looked as promising as the first. But again, an error of judgement cost them dearly and Olympia doubled their lead. A spell of in experience showed and Cliffe were soon down by 5. Even now, every man on the pitch was working for his team, and the blend of youth and experience in the team really started to show. The likes of Simeon Leach, Ryan Tiplady, Aaron Lees, Kev Taylor, Chris Cooke and Andrew Edwards were exactly what the youngsters needed in the team, encouraging words and inviting balls saw Cliffe take a hold of the game in the final twenty minutes. ~
After a spell of intense pressure on the Olympia defence, Edwards stole the ball from their centre half and with the outside of his weaker, right foot, placed the ball just inside the post. Cliffe’s first goal and it had been a long time coming. In the dying minutes, sloppy defending from Cliffe gifted Olympia a corner, a towering header from Gallagher set Edwards on his way up the pitch from just outside his own box. I winding run through the heart of the Olympia team and a calm through ball, set Aaron Lees up to neatly slot the ball passed the helpless keeper into the corner of the net.
One or two more chances from Dan Richardson and before the final whistle and Lucitt was more than satisfied with what he’d seen. He said
“The result was never important and these friendlies are purely about finding our strongest team and the style of play we’re most comfortable with. I knew we’d find it eventually, but after today’s display, I’m confident we’re not far away.”
~ Jackson Lucitt, 3rd August 2014.