Cliffe FC’s weekend sees them collect seven out of a possible nine points, the First Team winning away at Easingworld 4-1, the Reserves drawing 0-0 at home to F1 Racing, and Sundays winning 3-1 at Brayton.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Saturday 12th September 2015
York Minster Engineering League – Division One
FT: Easingwold Town 1 – 4 Cliffe FC
Cliffe FC opened their 2015/16 Division One campaign with a positive 4-1 away win at Easingwold Town, Cliffe’s first opening day win since the 2010/11 season.
On what began as an overcast Saturday afternoon eventually turned to rain in the opening exchanges that saw Cliffe not really get going until a few minutes into the first half. Débutante Luigi Foschi put Andy Addison in on goal for Cliffe’s first clear chance, Addison drawing a good save from the ‘keeper. Addison would assist the first goal, a back post cross for Kevin Taylor to strike the ball past the ‘keeper to put Cliffe 1-0 ahead. The home side responded and drew level eight minutes later, Cliffe unable to clear their lines and Easingwold scoring from close range, 1-1. Foschi, who had the beating of the left-back for most of the first half assisted Cliffe’s second – a nice dummy then cross for Addison to poach a goal from close range to put the away side 2-1 ahead. 2-1 to Cliffe remained the half-time score.
Second-half saw midfield duo of Jack Dinnewell and Ben Olsson grow into the game – as the weather also brightened up, but it was another débutante that put Cliffe further ahead – Jamie England hitting a shot from the edge of the box that found it’s way into the net via a deflection, the dubious goal panel awarding the goal to England – Cliffe 3-1 ahead. Again, the home side responded and looked to get themselves back into the game and both sides knew the next goal would be crucial as the game entered the final stages. A fantastic piece of play saw Cliffe nearly extend their lead, Taylor picking the ball up from left wing and evading a set of challenges that saw him drift past 6 or 7 challenges and onto the right hand side to deliver a cross that just evaded England. Cliffe did get their forth goal, a low corner from the right again poached by Addison for his second goal and make it 4-1 to the away side. Cliffe’s back four and ‘keeper all impressed also, Scott Jackson earning man-of-the-match in a confident performance from centre-back – Jackson having Cliffe’s last chance of the game with a volley over the bar. Easingwold 1 – 4 Cliffe – Full time.
Cliffe FC would like to thank their kit sponsor LRB Trophies for their continued sponsorship.
Cliffe FC continue their Division One campaign next weekend, away to Rawcliffe.
Saturday 12th September 2015
York Minster Engineering League – Reserve C
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 0 – 0 F1 Racing Reserves
Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, Cliffe FC Reserves got their league campaign under way – a rare 0-0 draw at home to F1 Racing.
Notable chances saw Andy Edwards hit the bar with a powerful left-foot drive, whilst at the other end Matt Birch earned himself man-of-the-match at the heart of Cliffe’s defence.
F1 did have a good portion of the match to get the winner when Cliffe were reduced to 9-men – having used all their subsitutions a freak collision between Shane Horner and James Gallagher saw both player spill blood – Gallagher with a nasty cut above the eye and Horner suffering a broken tooth and split lip – both players received stitches at hospital and will recover. But it meant Cliffe had to play a 4-4-0 for the 19 minutes, but held out to earn a point, 0-0 FT.
Cliffe FC would like to thank The New Inn, Cliffe for their continued hospitality on match days.
Cliffe FC Reserves continue their Reserve C campaign next weekend, home to Fulford Reserves.
Sunday 13th September 2015
York Sunday Morning League – Division Two
FT: Brayton FC 1 – 3 Cliffe FC Sunday
Cliffe FC Sundays earn their first points of the season, a confident 3-1 away win at Brayton FC on Sunday morning – a vast improvement on the week before’s performance.
Cliffe made a number of changes from the week before, one of them being talisman Tom Hogg – who had the opening chances for Cliffe but it just developed into a day to forget for Hogg in front of goal. A new-boy opened scoring for Cliffe, Aidy Wood powering a shot into the net to put Cliffe 1-0 ahead. A familiar face put Cliffe further ahead, Nathan Parker placing a header past the ‘keeper to put the away side 2-0 up. A special goal saw Cliffe go in 3-0 up at the break, Andy Kirkham pulling the ball down and striking the ball from 25+ yard into the far post top corner, 3-0 HT.
Brayton responded the second-half and looked to overload the midfield adding an extra man in the middle, but Wood and Tom Collins handled them adequately. Brayton scored a nice goal to make it 1-3, breaking in from the left wing and hitting a right footed shot from long range. The away side had to up their performance level once more but Cliffe were unable to add to their tally and 1-3 was the final score. MOTM was awarded to Aidy Wood.
Cliffe FC Sunday continue their Division Two campaign next weekend, away to York Wanderers.