Cliffe FC Sundays earn four points from six, at NUR, in another double-header in YSML Division Two, winning the first game 2-0 and then a 1-1 draw.
YSML Football League – Division Two – “Double-header”
Game 1: FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 2 – 0 NUR
Game 2: FT: NUR 1 – 1 Cliffe FC Sunday
Cliffe make the trip to Goole where they face NUR who to have hopes of winning the league and cup double this season in another double-header.
Kick off and after a flat first 15 minutes Cliffe finally start to get a foot on the ball and were soon rewarded with corner after corner. The deliveries from Tom Collins were asking big questions of the NUR defence, until finally their frustration saw them wrestle Nathan Horner by the neck leaving the referee with no choice other to point to the spot. Up step top scorer, Nathan Parker. A sweet strike that sent the keeper the wrong way gave the travelling team the lead. 1-0.
Cliffe started to look comfortable and some great work between the midfield resulted in Tom Collins scoring his third goal in as many weeks – a thunderbolt of an effort. 2-0 and HT.
Second half and Cliffe again looked the stronger team, Kev Taylor and Danny Richardson were giving the NUR full backs a torrid time. The few attacks that Cliffe had to defend were comfortably dealt with by back four in what can only be described as a textbook display of defending.
Cliffe protected their lead well and were perhaps guilty of taking their foot of the gas but the game ends 2-0, a huge win in their campaign for glory.
Tom Collins' thunderbolt and Nath Parker's penalty from this morning's double-header at NUR. (watch in HD)
Posted by Cliffe Football Club on Sunday, 20 March 2016
Cliffe started this game as they ended the last, a little fatigued and perhaps sloppy at times and it wasn’t long before NUR got their goal after a rare mix up from stand-in goalkeeper, Matthew Clark, 1-0. Cliffe had to wake up, and wake up they did, forcing more possession in the oppositions half, skipper Mark Bennett was covering every inch of grass as usual, that energy matched with the brutality of Hogg up top was getting under the skins of NUR. Cliffe full back Alex Hartley was doing his best to get winger Taylor in to the game to get more balls in to the box, and it wasn’t long before all this pressure got to NUR, their defender turning the ball in to his own net, 1-1. The second half saw tempers rise at time, but nothing else, no clear chances saw the game finish 1-1.
Cliffe take 4 out of 6 points which manager Jackson Lucitt was satisfied with. A free week next week for Cliffe Sunday then a trip to title rivals, Thorpe United in a double header to kick off April.