With Cliffe FC first team being a victim of the standing water at Oxen Lane once again, the solo game for Cliffe FC was the Sundays tough trip away to Dunnington in the YSML League Cup.
Sunday 31st January 2015
York Sunday Morning League – League Cup – Last 16
FT: Dunnington 6 – 1 Cliffe FC Sunday
After an extended winter break due to the adverse weather, Cliffe FC Sundays travelled to Dunnington FC in the YSML Cup. Having already played each other at Oxen Lane earlier in the season, Manager Jackson Lucitt knew that today was always going to be tough. The previous meeting ended 13-2 to the Division 1 side back in October.
With that in mind it was about getting match fitness back, being more organised and not giving the opposition as much respect as last time. Kick off and Cliffe look far more up for it with Tom Hogg pressing the Dunnington back four further up the pitch. It was 25 minutes before the slick football of the home team could find a route through and take the game to 1-0. Cliffe were guilty of not going for the second ball in almost every instance and as a result conceded a further two goals before the break. 3-0 HT.
The message at half time was not to limit any further damage but to play with the freedom and intensity that has proved so fruitful in previous games. With a few more chances being created from Keiran Dinsdale and Tom Collins, Hogg could’ve perhaps got Cliffe back in to the game but for good work from the ‘keeper. Captain Mark Bennett had a strike from distance that forced a superb recovery save from the home ‘keeper. The lack of game time started to show and Cliffe conceded a fourth from a counter attack from the resulting corner, 4-0.
Tireless work from Dan Richardson made space for Collins to drill a splitting ball through the heart of the opposition into the path of Hogg, one touch, finish. 4-1.
Cliffe Keeper, Ally Harris was forced to pull off a string of superb saves showing no signs of rustiness at all after the extensive break. Sadly though, the fitness eventually showed and a further 2 late goals saw the game finish 6-1. Cliffe are out of the league cup and Dunnington progress to the quarter final.
After the game Lucitt said;
“Today was about blowing off the cobwebs and giving a better account of ourselves than the last time out against these. I feel we did that and now we can firmly concentrate on the League and the Junior Challenge Cup. I’ve spoken to the lads about the goals for the rest of the season, we all agree and know exactly what needs to be done to achieve that.”
Next weekend, all three Cliffe FC senior teams are in action – First Team travel to Heslington, whilst Reserves and Sundays are meant to host both Civil Service and Knapton respectively, but efforts will be made to play said fixtures away from Cliffe’s recovering Oxen Lane pitch.