York FA Jnr Cup Semi-Final | Cliffe FC vs. Bishop Wilton (H) 15th March 2014

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York FA – Saturday Junior Cup Semi-Final
HT: 1-0
FT: Cliffe FC 1 – 0 Bishop Wilton

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Cliffe FC progress to the York FA Junior Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Bishop Wilton, Chris Jackson with the winner. The tie was halted for 40 minutes, Luke Durham suffering a nasty looking knee injury.
Malcolm Bryce writes…

“We did enough to win the tie without ever going through the gears. We had to weather a 10 minute storm as Wilton settled quicker than us but after that never looked in any danger. The low point was the injury to Luke, we all wish him a speedy recovery. A cup final is always nice but the league remains the focus.”

~ Keith Tiplady, 16th March 2014.

Cliffe FC 1 - 0 Bishop Wilton 15Mar14

The visitors, Bishop Wilton, put Cliffe under pressure during the open exchanges winning at least three successive corners which had to be dealt with by the home-side. Once Cliffe upped their game, they gained control of the tie without really excelling. Credit to Wilton though, who continued to play football from the back rather than long-ball but it would be Cliffe who would open the scoring on the 35th minute – Chris Jackson first seeing his shot sting the hands of the ‘keeper only for the parry to land back at Jackson’s feet who calmly picked his spot and made it 1-0.

Cliffe FC 1 - 0 Bishop Wilton 15Mar14

The tie would have to be stopped on the 44th minute mark when Luke Durham sustained a suspected dislocated knee which required paramedic assistance, the tie halted for around 40 minutes. Cliffe FC would like to wish Luke a full and speedy recovery.

Kev Taylor had to final chance of the first half, some great interchange with Jackson, but Taylor flashed his shot over the bar, 1-0 at the interval, HT.

It took Cliffe a good five minutes to settle in the second half after both the extended stoppage and half-time break, but once they did settle they looked in full-control, the visitors hardly testing Dave Laverack in the Cliffe goal. Lee Carter came more and more into the tie and looked deserving of his man-of-the-match award, linking up well with Jackson and coming close with a free-kick. Reuben Pearse played the final portion of the tie in centre-mid and had a set of chances that came close, as did Tom Hogg who reverted to his familiar centre-forward position and causing problems for the Wilton defence before the final whistle.

A 1-0 win sees Cliffe FC progress to the York FA Cup final. Cliffe’s opponents in the final will be Fulford, Fulford progressing via a 1-0 scoreline away at Thorpe Utd.

York FA – Saturday Junior Cup – Final | Saturday 26th April 2014. Venue: Tockwith Sports Field.
Cliffe FC vs. Fulford FC United

Cliffe FC return to play catch-up in their Division Two campaign next weekend (15th March), they travel to 4th placed F1 Racing. On 29th March, Cliffe FC travel to league-leaders Rawcliffe before welcoming Cawood at the beginning of what will be a very busy April for Cliffe FC.

The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Lee Carter.
LRB Trophies Bishop Wilton MOTM: Ben Rawlings.

Cliffe FC:
Laverack, Pearse, Edwards, Durnin, Healey, Addison (C), Pears (Sedman), Durham (Taylor), Robinson, Carter (Hogg), Jackson.
Cliffe FC Goal: Jackson.

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Cliffe FC

Whilst under the guise of "Bruce" my actual name is Malcolm Bryce and I am the Media Manager of Cliffe FC.