Cliffe FC Reserves kick-start their season with a 5-2 win against Poppleton Utd, Cliffe FC Sundays are on the right side of a 10-goal-thriller with a 6-4 victory over Marcia Bishopthorpe – a nightmare for the First Team, Tockwith handing out a 7-1 thrashing.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Saturday 17th October 2015
York Minster Engineering League – Division One
FT: Tockwith AFC 7 – 1 Cliffe FC
Another day to forget for Cliffe FC, as the first team are thrashed 7-1 away at Tockwith.
Tockwith raced out the blocks are looked a class above Cliffe from the opening exchanges, and within the first 13 minutes saw themselves 3-0 up and Cliffe looking defeated with less than a quarter of the game gone – three simple goals turned into a six-goal-blitzing as Tockwith lead 6-0 at the break! Cliffe having their first shot on target 35 minutes into the first half, and showed only short glimpses of what they were capable of.
The home side opened the scoring early in the second half, making it 7-0. Kevin Taylor saw himself utilised in four positions, looking like one of the few footballers that turned out in Cliffe colours on the day – the only Cliffe players that did themselves any justice was Dave Bramley in goal, who made a set of decent saves regardless of the scoreline, substitutes Luigi Foschi and David Lees who played well when they entered the fray, and Ben Olsson who got Cliffe MOTM – The only other player of note for Cliffe on the day was Phil Newstead who grew into the game and scored Cliffe’s consolation near the end, his first goal for the club and made it 7-1 at full-time.
Lots to ponder once more for Keith Tiplady, Cliffe FC’s next fixture on Saturday away to York St John’s University.
Saturday 17th October 2015
York Minster Engineering League – Reserve C
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 5 – 2 Poppleton United Reserves
Cliffe FC Reserves finally turned the great potential they have shown in early season into a comprehensive victory on Saturday, enjoying a 5-2 win against Poppleton.
The tempo from Cliffe was excellent from the first whistle and the pressure soon mounted on Poppleton with the energetic Nigel Horner leading the line with great pace. It was Horner who opened the scoring after 5 mins, netting direct from a corner, 1-0. Cliffe continued to dominate play with the impressive Glynn Richardson pulling the strings operating just off the striker. The lead was doubled 20 mins into the game with Matt Birch scoring an audacious lob from fully 40 yards out, very out of character for the big centre half! 2-0.
The world soon righted itself 3 minutes after the goal when Birch slipped trying to control a routine pass to allow a one on one with the Cliffe keeper leading to an excellent finish from the Poppleton striker to make it 2-1. It was 3-1 before half time with a smart finish from the excellent Scott McGowan.
After half time Cliffe continued to press forward and were rewarded when Aaron Lees scored an early goal of the season contender. Lees was tireless in his work all game but was in the verge of being substitutes having succumbed to a hamstring injury. Whilst Lees’ replacement was warming up Lees beautifully controlled a high ball on his chest and then hit a volley on the half turn from 35 yards out that had the Poppleton keeper clutching fresh air as the ball nestled into the roof of the net, 4-1.
Poppleton the closed the gap to 4-2 when ever reliable captain Birch was unfortunate to deflect a long range effort past his own keeper. Cliffe completed the scoring with a wonderful team goal. Michael Franklin, who had been a huge presence all game at full back, won the ball down by his own corner flag before surging forward, beating three men in the process before delivering a pinpoint cross to Horner on the penalty spot who controlled on his chest before lobbing the keeper – 5-2 the final scoreline.
Man of the match was Franklin who put in his best performance in a Cliffe shirt to date.
“It was a great result and we’ve been threatening to do that to someone all season. The players were outstanding to a man today and I fully expect us to kick on from here with the quality we have in our squad this year.”
~ David Hebson, 18th October 2015.
Cliffe FC would like to thank Londis for their continued kit sponsorship. And The New Inn, Cliffe for their continued hospitality on match days.
Cliffe FC Reserves are without a fixture next weekend, and next are in action on 31st October – Fulford the visitors to Oxen Lane on Halloween for a League Cup tie.
Sunday 18th October 2015
York Sunday Morning League – Division Two
FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 6 – 4 Marcia Bishopthorpe
Cliffe FC Sunday finish on the right side of a 10-goal-thriller, eventually triumphing 6-4 winners over Marcia Bishopthorpe.
Preparation and arrivals typical of a Sunday morning match, saw the away side take the lead – Bishopthorpe’s captain opening the scoring to make it 0-1. It was a wake-up call that Cliffe needed and soon the front two of Nathan Parker and Luke Zacharenko combined, Zacharenko hammering the ball past the ‘keeper, 1-1. Bishopthorpe responded and another ball into the channels saw their captain put his side back in front, 1-2. The home side then levelled, the Cliffe skipper scoring this time – Mark Bennett, who last week scored into the bottom corner, put one in the top corner this week – a looping shot that evaded blocking defenders and ‘keeper to make it 2-2. Cliffe could’ve been well ahead at the break, but the away side ‘keeper was in top form and Cliffe found themselves a little wasteful at time, 2-2 HT.
Early in the second-half when Ryan Tiplady saw two headers hit the post and then the crossbar in quick succession, it looked like it might not be Cliffe’s day. Cliffe persevered and stayed patient, and quickly scored two goals to go 4-2 up – another Parker goal, slotted past the ‘keeper one-on-one and then a powerful Tom Hogg glancing header. Bishopthorpe didn’t give up though and snatched themselves a goal to make it 4-3. Cliffe scored once more with a close range Aidy Wood goal for 5-3. This then setup a edging last few minutes which saw two more goals, firstly falling to the away side – Bishopthorpe’s captain with his forth on the day for 5-4 but luckily for Cliffe the tenth goal fell the home side’s way – a pass back from the away side saw Zacharenko score his second from close range to make the final score 6-4 and settle any “squeaky-bum-time” nerves during injury time, FT.
Cliffe FC would like to thank their kit sponsor The New Inn, Cliffe for their continued sponsorship.
Next Sunday, Cliffe FC welcome Grange FC to Oxen Lane in County Cup action – 11am KO.