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York FA – Saturday Junior Cup Semi-Final
FT: Cliffe FC 1 – 0 Bishop Wilton
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laverack, Pearse, Edwards, Durnin, Healey, Addison (C), Pears (Sedman), Durham (Taylor), Robinson, Carter (Hogg), Jackson.
Cliffe FC Goal: Jackson.