YSML Football League – Division Three
FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 4 – 3 Selby RSSC
On a damp, miserable weekend, the in form Cliffe FC Sundays hosted bottom of the table Selby RSSC in a local derby. A Nathan Parker hat-trick and an OG with the goals.
Hugo Delgado writes…
On a damp, miserable Sunday morning, Manager Jackson Lucitt, again had a selection headache with an almost full squad to chose from.
The first 20 minutes set the tone of the game with the hosts dominating possession. If not for RSSC’s keeper, the league leaders might have been four up before half time. Notable chances from Nath Parker and his strike partner Tom Grundy went begging as Cliffe upped the pressure.
Cliffe looked strongest attacking down both wings with the full backs Nath Leach and Kev Taylor linking up beautifully with their forward men, Kieran Dinsdale and Tom Hogg. It was only a matter of time before these chances were converted, and finally Cliffe went 1-0 up when Parker got on the end of a neatly placed square pass from Tom Grundy.
Even though the hosts were dominating, a one goal lead is never enough and Lucitt stressed the importance of that second goal. The midfield partnership between Jay Grundy and captain Mark Bennett stepping up the intensity, setting a perfect example for the rest of the team. 1-0 HT.
Half time and Lucitt’s talk was all about getting that second goal, continuing to play football the Cliffe way and to keep cool heads.
Second half and the tempo was as high as it had been all game with Cliffe being the first to every loose ball and not letting their opponents breathe for a second. A trademark run from deep from Hogg saw him glide past his opposite number and in to the area only to be brought down before he could pull the trigger. Penalty. Up steps Parker to bury the ball to the keepers right and calm some nerves, 2-0.
A few second half injuries meant Lucitt had to use all three of his subs before the hour and reshuffle the team. Where there might have been some confusion, the team adapted perfectly and it wasn’t long before the ball was in the Selby net again, for a Tom Hogg goal, which after much debate has been given as an OG. 3-0.
It was becoming easy for Cliffe, too easy, as complacency crept in and Selby responded to make it 3-1. Substitues Lees was giving the Selby full back a torrid time, setting up more chances for the Cliffe front men to seal the game. But more squandered chaces meant the game was not over yet.
Some great football from Nigel Horner and Kieran Dinsdale resulted in a placed ball in the path of Parker for him to slot past the keeper for his hat-trick, 4-1. The final 10 minutes and with more shuffling of the team due to injuries and Selby responded with two goals to make it 4-3 and a very nervy ending to the derby. Some superb defending from the volatile Nath Horner kept Cliffe in front and saw them take all three points and remain top of the table. 4-1 FT.
After the game Lucitt spoke of the great attitudes in the whole squad and the buzz about the club at the moment.
“Before the game I had to stress the importance of playing our own game, keep the high intensity football going and most of all, do not get on the refs back.”
“The lads did it all today, pressure in the opponents half, great professionalism where in the past we’ve been guilty of losing our heads, adapting to changing circumstances and finally, getting the result when we were on the back foot after being on top for so long.”
Next week Cliffe FC Sunday are away at Wentworth.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Nathan Parker.