Sunday 6th December 2015
York Sunday Morning League – Division Two
FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 4 – 2 Wentworth
Cliffe FC Sunday beat Wentworth 4-2 in a return to league competition, Dan Richardson opening scoring followed by a Nathan Parker hat-trick.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
With the weather claiming Cliffe FC’s solo Saturday fixture, the Reserves vs. Rufforth called off due to standing water – a further 24 hours allowed the Oxen Lane pitch to drain and be playable having survived a Sunday morning inspection.
Inevitably the heavens opened in the opening minutes of the game, a huge rain downpour soaking both sets of players and spectators – before said weather, Cliffe opened scoring early on – a darting Tom Collins run saw him clattered but a superb advantage was played with Dan Richardson first to pounce on a loose ball to prod it past the on-rushing ‘keeper, 1-0. Wentworth responded and found themselves level, a signal of Wentworth’s ethic that developed throughout the fixture, 1-1. Nathan Parker restored Cliffe’s lead, out-muscling two defenders before settling himself on the edge of the box and unleashing a shot past the ‘keeper for 2-1. Cliffe were required to make an early change, as Dom Welsh suffered a freak and nasty looking ankle injury – the score remained 2-1 at the break.
Cliffe remained on-top in the second half, but Wentworth weren’t going to roll over and die by no means and Cliffe needed another goal as the game suffered a lull, which seemed to mark the opportunity for the away side to get a goal – fortunately for Cliffe, they went 3-1 ahead – Aidy Wood drifting into the left side of the area to stand a cross up for Parker to peel away from his marker and powerfully head the ball past the ‘keeper – a nice assist and finish from the pair – 3-1. Wentworth set up a edgy finish to the game as they got a goal back to make it 3-2, ‘keeper Matt Clark left not wanting to make eye contact with pairing Matt Birch and Tom Hogg after conceding – but Clark would redeem himself in the final minutes. Parker taking a short corner with Tom Collins, but when Collins’ cross was cleared by Wentworth on the counter attack, Clark made a strong one-on-one save and proceeded to kick the ball up field for Parker to latch onto and then lob the ‘keeper for 4-2, complete his hat-trick, seal the win and all three points for Cliffe FC – as soon as it could’ve been 3-3 it finished 4-2, FT.
Cliffe FC senior sides are back in action next weekend, Saturday sees the First Team host York St John’s at Oxen Lane with Reserves travelling to Osbaldwick.