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Cliffe FC play out their last Saturday of the 2014/2015 season, drawing 2-2 with Hemingbrough Utd, and then beating Bishop Wilton Reserves 5-1 in the following match.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
York Minster Engineering Football League – Division One
FT: Hemingbrough United 2 – 2 Cliffe FC
Cliffe FC ended their Division One season with the same fixture they opened the season with, facing Hemingbrough United – Cliffe hosted the fixture due to cricket being played at Hemingbrough – an early 1:15pm KO.
Cliffe had a one-goal lead at the break, an Andy Addison free-kick headed back across the goal by Tom Hogg for Nathan Parker to put the ball into the net, 0-1 HT.
Hemingbrough drew level early in the second half, Cliffe switching off having sprung the offside trap, a simple finish for Mike Hemingway for 1-1. Cliffe’s task was then made harder when Hogg was dismissed for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, reducing them to 10-men. However, the side with one less man responded and took the lead, a Dean Wood cross superbly headed past the ‘keeper by Addison to make it 1-2. Hemingbrough then piled the pressure on and it paid dividends as they equalised, an unfortunate own-goal for Parker to make it 2-2. Hemingbrough nearly snatched another narrow win, but Harry Jackson’s free header somehow didn’t hit the back of the net. 2-2 the final scoreline, a draw which sees Cliffe secure 5th place in the York League Division One table.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Luke Durham.
York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve C
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 5 – 1 Bishop Wilton Reserves
Cliffe FC Reserves hosted Bishop Wilton Reserves in the 3pm KO, the Reserves penultimate fixture of the 2014/2015 season, and a dominant 5-1 win produced.
Cliffe took an early lead, a nice footballing move completed by Aaron Lees scoring to make it 1-0. Cliffe doubled their lead, Matthew Birch taking a rare trip into the opposition’s box for a corner, Birch’s superb header beating the ‘keeper to make it 2-0 at the HT break. Cliffe could have had more goals, had it not being for the Wilton keeper’s multiple saves.
For all their dominance, Cliffe slacked off into the second half and Wilton got themselves back into the game making it 2-1. Cliffe were reminded that they needed to step their level of performance back up and a flurry of chances followed – Jack Brocklebank made it 3-1 with a nicely taken goal. Wilton were then dealt with the heavy blow of losing their on-form ‘keeper to injury. Nigel Horner settled the game grabbing himself a goal to make it 4-1 before Harri Summerscales completed scoring to make the final score 5-1, FT.
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Matthew Birch.
Cliffe FC Reserves compete their York League Reserve C campaign on Monday evening, welcoming F1 Racing Reserves to Oxen Lane – 6:30pm KO.