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Oxen Lane hosted two fixtures over the weekend, whilst both Saturday and Sunday teams lost – positives to work with though for Cliffe FC as pre-season friendlies continue.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Saturday 1st August 2015
Cliffe FC 2 – 4 Swinefleet
Saturday saw East Riding County League’s Swinefleet visit Oxen Lane. The first half was a goalless affair – Sean Gallagher did think his header put Cliffe ahead, but the referee deemed it hadn’t crossed the line. Ben Olsson also came close but after carving himself out a chance, he saw his shot go over the bar. Swinefleet also had chances in an even contest, but the score-sheet remained empty, 0-0 at half time.
Swinefleet eventually broke the deadlock and then began to look the sharper of the two sides, Swinefleet having played quite a few friendlies compared to this being Cliffe’s second run-out, and soon the away side were 4-0 up. Jay Grundy had to leave the field with a head gash shortly after just entering the fray, a high foot catching Grundy that needed treatment. Cliffe finished the stronger side and clawed back two goals, Dave Bramley pouncing on a rebound to make it 1-4, and then Darren Jackson marauding and scoring Cliffe’s second, the final score 2-4.
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Cliffe FC Sunday 1 – 4 Hessle Rangers
Sunday saw the opening run out for Cliffe FC Sunday team, Hull-based Hessle Rangers the visitors to Oxen Lane. Newly installed Assistant-Manager, Matt Birch took control as Jackson Lucitt was away on international duties. Hessle from the outset looked an organised outfit, but Cliffe held their own for much of the first half – the visitors took the lead via the penalty spot, awarded for handball, 0-1. The spot-kick was the difference at the break, HT
As per Saturday’s game, the visitors found themselves race 4-0 ahead, but Cliffe looked to finish the stronger and got their consolation when the newest Leach on the scene, Isaac Leach lifted the ball over the ‘keeper to make it 1-4 – Dan Richardson superbly releasing Luke Durham, who crossed, as Richardson took a defender out of the way for Isaac Leach to net neatly – 1-4 the final score.
Again, regardless of the result, Cliffe have positives to work on bearing in mind this was the Sundays’ first outing this pre-season.
Cliffe FC continue in friendly match action throughout this week;
Tuesday 4th August;
Cliffe FC U21s vs. Howden AFC Development Side 6.30pm KO
Wednesday 5th August;
Cliffe FC XI vs. Selby Olympia 6.30pm KO
Saturday 8th August;
Brooklyn vs. Cliffe FC | Cliffe FC Reserves vs. Crayke (2pm KOs
Sunday 9th August;
Cliffe FC Sunday vs. Malt Shovel (10:30am KO)