Cliffe FC are defeated 3-1 at Pocklington Town, a defeat with positives to take from going into Wednesday’s derby against Hemingbrough United. Cliffe FC Reserves make it three from three with a 3-2 win over Wilberfoss, and Cliffe FC Sundays take four points from six in a double header at Thorpe United, a 0-0 and 3-0 results.
York Minster Engineering Football League – Division One
FT: Pocklington Town 3 – 1 Cliffe FC
Cliffe FC make Pocklington Town work hard for all three points on Saturday, the title chasers winning 3-1 with two second half goals to win it. Pocklington had the lead from a set-piece to make it 1-0 from close range within the first 20 minutes, a sloppy goal for Cliffe to concede. Cliffe levelled before the break, a penalty awarded for a handball in the area, Jamie England stepped up and converted the spot kick to make it 1-1. Cliffe competed well through-out and David Lees had a chance to put Cliffe ahead before the break, but his rising shot went over. The scores remained level at the break, and Pocklington knew they were been given a game for sure.
The next goal was vital, and whilst Cliffe competed well they were limited to pot shots, and neither ‘keeper was busy but Dave Laverack in the Cliffe goal made some good blocks when needed to. Laverack was left frustrated when a long ball evaded the Cliffe defence and somehow the Pocklington striker squeezed the ball past the Cliffe ‘keeper just outside the box and then convert into the gaping goal, 2-1 to the home side. Cliffe frustrated Pocklington further and the longer the score remained 2-1, the more it felt Cliffe could get something from the game – and with just under 10 minutes to go the away side threw another man forward to chase something from the game. With injury time approaching, Pocklington got another, an unfortunate own-goal from Ben Ewart, not much the young man could do inside the busy six yard box, 3-1. You could tell what sealing the points meant to the home side and the type of game Cliffe gave them with the celebrations that followed, 3-1 was the final score. MOTM: Sean Gallagher.
Whilst a defeat was suffered, Cliffe have taken four points from the top two teams in the past two weekends, and show that they can compete with the top teams in Division One. Midweek fixtures begin this Wednesday, and come no bigger than a derby against Hemingbrough United – 6.15pm kick-off at Hull Road, Hemingbrough.
York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve C
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 3 – 2 Wilberfoss Reserves
Cliffe FC Reserves make it nine-points from nine, with confident 3-2 victory over Wilberfoss. A senior debut goal for Nathan Dinsdale, Jay Grundy got the second goal, and when Wilberfoss got themselves back into the game at 2-2, it took a special freekick to win it for Cliffe – MOTM Nathan Horner trotting up from the back to hit a 25-yard special to win it for the men in blue and white stripes, 3-2 the final score.
YSML Football League – Division Two – “Double-header”
Game 1: FT: Thorpe United 0 – 0 Cliffe FC Sunday
Game 2: FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 3 – 0 Thorpe United
Cliffe FC Sundays were back in action, once again in double-header action, this time at Thorpe United. A disappointing 0-0 was the result from the first game, but a improved 3-0 win followed in the second match. Sadly, the second match was delayed for an hour at half-time due to a bad injury suffered by a Thorpe United player, Cliffe FC send their best wishes to the player, and wish him a speediest of recoveries.
Cliffe, as they have been for a few weeks, were under-performing and whilst they created a number of chances, the score remained goalless. Cliffe would be guilty of not taking their chances once more in the second period, and Thorpe clearly settled for a draw. 0-0 the final score of the first game.
Ryan Taylor earned man-of-the-match in the first game, with Matty Clark pushing him close.
Cliffe knew they needed to improve for the second game, and made a number of changes. Their nightmare in front of goal continued, and it took a freak own-goal from former Cliffe player Dan Beach to open scoring, the now-Thorpe player half volleying the ball past his own ‘keeper after a corner-kick, 1-0. On the stroke of half-time a bad injury saw the game stopped, a Thorpe player’s foot getting stuck underneath him after a fair challenge which a suspected leg break was suffered. The game was stopped for around 60 minutes.
After the extended half-time break, Cliffe didn’t want the only goal of the day to be an own-goal, and it took something special to extend their lead, a long range effort from Nathan Parker that lobbed over the ‘keeper, a goal he was happy with after a up until then frustrating day in front of goal, 2-0. A flowing team move saw Cliffe score the final goal of the day, Tom Hogg drifting into the area to direct the ball into the top corner for 3-0. It was 3-0 at full time. Nathan Horner was MOTM of the second game, but was run close by ‘keeper Ally Harris who made saves in both games to earn two clean sheets.
Four points from six for Cliffe in another double header, but clearly two points dropped as they chase the leading pack in the YSML Division Two table. Next Sunday, it’s another double header, this time at Knapton Lions.