Cliffe FC 2ndXI vs. Selby Olympia Reserves (H) 14th February 2015

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York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve C
HT: 1-1
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 2 – 3 Selby Olympia Reserves

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Cliffe FC’s eventual solo fixture sees the Reserves on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline, Selby Olympia taking all three points.
Malcolm Bryce writes…

With Cliffe FC first team stood up for their Valentine’s league cup date with Hamilton Panthers, Panthers unable to field a side, it was all eyes on Cliffe FC Reserves short trip to Selby Olympia.

Olympia edged the opening exchanges and had a 0-1 lead, a goal emphatically celebrated by the Olympia touch line by all accounts. Cliffe were level at the break, Sean Gallagher pouncing on a rebound to score from close range, 1-1 at the break.

Cliffe FC 2ndXI 2 - 3 Selby Olympia Reserves 14Feb15

Nathan Horner and Matt Birch marshalled the Cliffe defence well throughout and make some effective defensive decisions to keep it 1-1 during the second half as Cliffe pushed for a goal. Tom Ellwood at the other end of the pitch impressed for Cliffe also, earning himself Man-Of-The-Match. It was Olympia who retook the lead, a ball from the left wing breaking and eventually stroked home into the net for 1-2, a goal against the run of play at that point in the match. Olympia got another goal to extend their lead to 1-3 with not a lot of time left, another breakaway as Cliffe searched for a goal. Nathan Horner powerfully headed in Cliffe’s second to make it 2-3 near the end, but time ran out for Dave Hebson’s men and Olympia took all three points.

Cliffe FC 2ndXI 2 - 3 Selby Olympia Reserves 14Feb15

Many thanks to Selby Olympia for switching venues and hosting the fixture. (albeit that Oxen Lane ended up being available due to Hamilton Panthers’ non-fulfilment of the cup tie.)

Cliffe FC Sunday side served a free week this weekend and will be back in action next Sunday, away to York Medics.
Cliffe FC Reserves serve a free-week next Saturday (21st Feb), whilst Cliffe FC first team play their rearranged County Cup fixture at Easington.


The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Tom Ellwood.

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