Cliffe FC win 1-0 away at Rawcliffe to make it two wins out of two in YMEL Division One, whilst the Reserves lose 2-1 to Fulford Reserves. Sunday morning saw a 5-3 away YSML Division Two win at York Wanderers.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Saturday 19th September 2015
York Minster Engineering League – Division One
FT: Rawcliffe 0 – 1 Cliffe FC
A single goal separates Cliffe and Rawcliffe, as a Darren Jackson header in the second half sees Cliffe FC leave with all three points and make it two league wins out of two.
Always a exciting match between the two teams, Cliffe travelled to Rawcliffe on a warm and sunny September afternoon. The away side carved out the first chance of the game when Luigi Foschi crossed for Kev Taylor, Taylor’s shot blocked and cleared off the line when Taylor and members of the Cliffe-contingent had thought he scored, 0-0 it remained. Cliffe did have the ball in the net, but Phil Newstead was called offside and Taylor also fell foul of an offside call. Rawcliffe did have their fair share of the ball but it took 43 minutes for the home side to have a clear chance on goal. A fraction of frustration crept in for Cliffe as the score remained 0-0 at the half-time break.
Second-half started with Cliffe playing some nice passing football and looked the more likely to score, again Taylor coming close – nodding the ball in-front of himself and unleashing a left-foot shot that went over the bar. The Cliffe back-four impressed once more and Layton Hallam again having a good game at full-back building on last week’s performance, whilst Reuben Pearse was welcomed back into the side – but it would be Cliffe’s centre-back pairing that would feature heavily for the first of three decisive moments of the second-half. Cliffe’s winner coming from a Hallam cross, nodded on by Scott Jackson – towering over ‘keeper and defender – for younger brother Darren Jackson to beat the Rawcliffe skipper in the air to head the away side into a 1-0 lead with around 30 minutes left to play. The further pair of decisive moments came in final ten minutes of the match came via the man-of-the-match that resided behind Cliffe’s back-four, Dave Bramley, who was called upon to earn his clean sheet, first making a great save to tip the ball round the post to deny Rawcliffe an equaliser, and then Bramley pulling off a further stunning save that left the home-side contingent wondering how the home side weren’t able to draw level in the dying minutes. Cliffe come away with all three points, Rawcliffe 0-1 Cliffe FC, FT.
Next week Cliffe FC begin their York FA Cup campaign, the big test of travelling to York Premier League heavyweights Old Malton St Mary’s.
Saturday 19th September 2015
York Minster Engineering League – Reserve C
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 1 – 2 Fulford Reserves
Cliffe FC Reserves were in action at Oxen Lane, Cliffe once more this Saturday – but were unable to build upon last week’s clean sheet, two early Fulford goals enough for the away side to take all three points.
Fulford raced into a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes, first when Cliffe didn’t switch on to a quick throw in and an shot arced into the net, then the away side’s second been scored from long range. Cliffe did get themselves back into it when a Nathan Horner header saw the score reduced to 1-2 and then a wave of Cliffe pressure followed, Aaron Lees coming close and hitting the post – but time ran out for Dave Hebson’s men and Fulford collected all three points.
Cliffe FC would like to thank Londis for their continued kit sponsorship. And The New Inn, Cliffe for their continued hospitality on match days.
Next week Cliffe FC begin their York FA Cup campaign, as they host higher-division Harrison Signs Reserves.
Sunday 20th September 2015
York Sunday Morning League – Division Two
FT: York Wanderers 3 – 5 Cliffe FC Sunday
Cliffe FC Sunday make it two away wins on the bounce as they win 5-3 at York Wanderers, a match which saw Wanderers peg Cliffe back at 2-2 and 3-3.
The initial proceedings didn’t go to plan for Jackson Lucitt’s men when Wanderers opened the scoring with an early goal to wake Cliffe up, 1-0. A Kev Taylor corner was clinically headed past the ‘keeper to draw Cliffe level at 1-1 and a Parker assist saw Cliffe take the lead via a Tom Hogg goal, 1-2. Cliffe’s off-the-ball work didn’t match their offensive work rate and soon Wanderers drew level at 2-2. Parker, who had tried two acrobatic efforts earlier had his second to put Cliffe back ahead – breaking past the last defender and hitting a shot that was too powerful for the ‘keeper to put Cliffe 3-2 ahead at the half-time break.
Wanderers still kept Cliffe on their toes and then drew level from the penalty spot, Matty Clark the unlucky offender, Wanderers converted both penalty attempts after the first was ruled out for encroachment, 3-3. The final and vital two goals of the game fell the way of Cliffe – Aidy Wood with both, Tom Collins a hand in both also – Wood heading in the eventual winner for 3-4 and then sliding in his second and Cliffe’s fifth for 3-5 which remained the final score.
Cliffe FC would like to thank their kit sponsor The New Inn, Cliffe for their continued sponsorship.
Next week Cliffe FC begin their East Riding County FA Cup campaign, as they host Duke FC.