ERCFA Jnr Country Cup R2 | Cliffe FC vs. Middleton Rovers (H) 14th November 2015

East Riding County FA – Junior Country Cup – 2nd Round
HT: 0-1
FT: Cliffe FC 1 – 3 Middleton Rovers

Cliffe FC are knocked out of East Riding County Cup, Middleton Rovers progressing with a 3-1 win at Oxen Lane.

Cliffe FC 1 - 3 Middleton Rovers (County Cup) 14Nov15

Cliffe having not played since their League Cup win over Tockwith two weeks ago, saw their pitch survive a Saturday morning pitch inspection and welcomed Middleton Rovers, from ER County League, to Oxen Lane. Cliffe FC Reserves & Sundays weren’t so lucky this weekend, the wet weather claiming both respective games with waterlogging, so all eyes of the Firsts.

Saturday was Cliffe FC First Team’s first home game of the season, but was also the first game under the management of Malcolm Bryce – Bryce being named interim First Team manager earlier in the week.
9th Nov 2015, Club Statement: https://t.co/BbMruo142T

After a very good warm up, Cliffe just didn’t get going during the first half and Middleton looked the better side – Middleton taking the lead on the 27th minute, an unfortunate Kevin Taylor own goal, 0-1. Cliffe did carve out a couple chances, but as the tie developed it became a day to forget for Andy Edwards in front of goal. Cliffe’s frustrations boiled over and a trio of bookings followed before the half-time break as they trailed 0-1.

Cliffe needed to raise their game if they were to get anything out of the tie, and did start the second half well – but the stop/start nature of the game aided Middleton’s cause rather than Cliffe’s. A hefty challenge saw Luigi Foschi leave the field after picking up a knock, and things got worse for Cliffe when Middleton doubled their lead after the hour mark, 0-2. An uncharacteristic Dave Laverack error saw Middleton go three goals up on the 75th minute and Cliffe were headed out – Taylor made amends for his OG, scoring at the right end to give Cliffe a glimmer of hope – a cute bottom corner finish for 1-3. Andy Addison had a couple half-chances go wide of the wrong side of the post and Edwards crashed a long range free-kick off the crossbar in a frustrating day for Cliffe. The final whistle blew and Middleton progress to the next round of the County Cup.

Not the start Bryce wanted at the beginning of his tenure, but much to think about and work on in the coming weeks for the new Cliffe FC manager, as he looks to put his own mark on the first team squad. Next week, Cliffe FC host Rawcliffe in Division One action.

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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.