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York Minster Engineering Football League – Division Two
FT: Cliffe FC 5 – 2 Fulford
Cliffe FC begin 2014 with a 5-2 victory over Fulford in yet another hard-fought York League Division Two fixture.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
“I am very pleased with all the lads today, fast out the blocks, strong and brave throughout.A good result against another tough opponent.”
~ Keith Tiplady, 4th January 2014.
Cliffe flew out the blocks early and opened scoring on the 12th minute mark, a clever set-piece with Ian Beckram laying off Andy Edwards to hammer the ball in past the ‘keeper at the near post for 1-0 – Cliffe FC’s first goal of 2014. Cliffe then extended their lead scoring two more goals in 90 seconds, first Lee Carter burst past Fulford’s last line of defence to calmly finish for 2-0 and then Si Houlder finished off Cliffe’s next chance to make it 3-0 on the 17th minute mark, a fantastic five minute period for Keith Tiplady’s men. A lapse in patient defending lead to Fulford snatching one back before half-time as the score read 3-1 at the break, HT.
The fifth goal of the game was vital and it fell the way of Fulford, a break-away attack seeing the away side make the score 3-2, game on with plenty of time left in the match. The match continued and developed into a very competitive and robust nature and Cliffe soon were awarded a penalty after the referee defined a challenge on Houlder as reckless and awarded a spot-kick, Beckram stepped up and despatched the ball past the ‘keeper to make the score 4-2. It was inevitable that with less than 15 minutes remaining that Fulford would through men forward in an attempt to try and salvage something from the game and Cliffe had to soak up a lot of pressure, Carter dropping back into defence and Matt Birch being introduced from the bench to sure things up and hold onto the lead. Cliffe bagged their fifth goal in injury time, Kev Taylor playing a through ball that was first dummied by Birch and then slotted home by Chris Jackson to make the final score 5-2, FT.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Ian Beckram.
LRB Trophies Fulford MOTM: Danny Penrose.
Cliffe FC Reserves started 2014 with a friendly, a 3-3 draw away at Division Four Melbourne – a decent run-out for Dave Hebson’s men by all accounts.
Next Saturday, Cliffe FC travel to face Heslington and Cliffe FC Reserves welcome Wilberfoss to Oxen Lane, both games 2pm kick-off.
Laverack, Sedman, Edwards, Pears, Healey, Beckram (C)(Birch), Kirkham, Taylor, Cawkill (Addison), Houlder (Jackson), Carter.
Cliffe FC Goals: Edwards, Carter, Houlder, Beckram (pen), Jackson.