YSML Football League – Division Three
FT: York Medics 2 – 1 Cliffe FC Sunday
Cliffe FC Sunday side slip up at York Medics, a sub-par away performance seeing Medics earn a 2-1 victory over the YSML Division Three leaders.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Manager Jackson Lucitt was absent due to work commitments, so Matthew Birch took caretaker charge of the team – Cliffe welcoming Mark Bennett and Tom Hogg, adding the the squad that drew away at Bishopthorpe earlier this month. Hogg started proceedings brightly for Cliffe and nearly set-up Luke Durham in the opening minutes, but Hogg’s low cross evaded Durham and went unconverted. Medics were also close to taking the lead, having a pair of chances cleared off the line and Ally Harris had to make an early save at close range. Cliffe however rarely showed what they were capable of and not being switched on the Medics’ threat saw the home side take the lead just before the break, the ball breaking to the edge of the box and a shot was looped into the top corner, 1-0 to the home side at the break.
Matt Birch rallied the squad and sent them back out for the second half, Cliffe again started bright and Nath Parker will feel he should have done better with a header he put straight into the ‘keeper’s hands. Cliffe’s frustration of not being able to make a breakthrough lead to a little bit of petulance towards the match official and their opponents. Tom Grundy was introduced from the bench, and like yesterday’s first team cup tie, had an impact on proceeding – a Durham cross from the left was dummied by Grundy and then side-footed into the far bottom corner by Parker, 1-1. Cliffe reverted back to a 4-4-2 having gone 3-4-3 in search of the equaliser, but minutes later Medics retook the lead – a lack of clear communication lead to a bobbling ball in the Cliffe six yard box was poached into the Cliffe goal to make it 2-1. Medics had a late chance to extend their lead, a penalty awarded by the referee, Harris made a strong save to his left and tip the ball round the post to give Cliffe’s a small glimmer of hope – Medics ran the remaining seconds down and earned all three points, 2-1 FT.
Jackson Lucitt, upon being informed of the result and performance said;
“This fixture alone should’ve been enough to get us motivated and focussed. Instead we did exactly the opposite of what we’ve promoted all season and turned up with a negative attitude. If we’re to win the league then things need to change immediately, whether that’s attitudes or the team selection is yet to be decided!”