Bumper match reports and summaries – from last Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat at Hemingbrough to this Saturday’s 3-1 league cup win against Rawcliffe. The Reserves bowed out of league cup in a 4-1 defeat to Harrison Signs, and the Sundays won both matches in a double-header against Knapton Lions, 2-0 and 5-2.
Sunday 10th April 2016
YSML Football League – Division Two – “Double-header”
Game 1: FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 2 – 0 Knapton Lions
Game 2: FT: Knapton Lions 2 – 5 Cliffe FC Sunday
Cliffe FC Sunday come away with maximum points, six in this case, in a Sunday morning double-header – a hard fought 2-0 win in the first game, and a more comprehensive 5-2 win the second game.
The first half remained goalless, and Cliffe had ironically the lion-share of chances to go ahead but chances went begging, 0-0 HT. It took another Tom Collins freekick to open scoring, arching over everyone and the ‘keeper into the roof of the net, 1-0. A nice move sealed the game for Cliffe, Alex Hartley crossing low for Dan Richardson to finish off the move for 2-0. Three points going to Cliffe.
Cliffe knew they needed to step up their game in the second meeting, but it was Knapton the scored the opener for 1-0. A corner led to Kieran Dinsdale making it 1-1, finishing off a loose ball in the six yard box. Nathan Parker scored his first of the day, to put Cliffe ahead 2-1 and was involved in the move that saw Dinsdale get his second of the day for 3-1. 3-1 it was at the break.
Knapton scored to make it 3-2 and it took another two Parker goals, first a powerful header from a Collins corner, 4-2, and then a left-footed tap-in for 5-2 to complete the scoring, his hat-trick, and as he highlighted to everyone a perfect hat-trick, 5-2 FT.
Saturday 9th April 2016
York Minster Engineering Football League – Senior League Cup – Quarter-Final
FT: Cliffe FC 3 – 1 Rawcliffe
Cliffe FC set up a League Cup semi-final date with Riccall United, after a 3-1 win against Rawcliffe – a Jamie England brace and Nigel Horner opener with the goals.
Cliffe raced into a 2-0 lead, Horner scoring after a goalkick was headed back towards the goal by England, Horner nodding in ahead of the ‘keeper and defender to then finish for 1-0. Some great work from Dan Richardson on the left-wing saw his cross eventually converted by England for 2-0. A lapse in concentration eventually led to a penalty being given against Darren Jackson, Rawcliffe converted for 2-1 at the half-time break.
A strange second-half developed with no real urgency from either side, but Cliffe ‘keeper Dave Laverack was kept busy making saves in the first half and then a nice double save to keep the score 2-1, a performance that earned him MOTM. Scoring was complete and Cliffe’s place in the semi-final was confirmed with a Jackson free-kick finished by England from an impossible angle for 3-1.
Late Saturday evening, Cliffe FC were informed they had drawn, last year’s Premier Division Champions and League Cup runners-up, Riccall United away in the next round – a glamour tie for the village team. Tie to be played Tuesday 10th May.
Saturday 9th April 2016
York Minster Engineering Football League – Reserve Cup
FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 1 – 4 Harrison Signs Reserves
Cliffe FC Reserves bowed out of the Reserve League Cup at the hands of top division Harrison Signs, Nathan Leach with Cliffe’s consolation in the second half. Harrison Signs had a 3-0 lead the break, Cliffe’s Liam Tomlinson did sting the hands of the Signs’ keeper at 1-0 to deny Cliffe drawing level, and a 3-0 half-time score was a little cruel on the Cliffe team. Leach’s freekick found it’s way into the net but Harrison Signs added another to make the final score 4-1 to the Reserve A side. MOTM: Ally Harris.
Wednesday 6th April 2016
York Minster Engineering Football League – Division One
FT: Cliffe FC 1 – 3 Hemingbrough United
Wednesday evening was the beginning of midweek fixtures, as Cliffe FC faced Hemingbrough United. With Cliffe edging the opening 10 minutes, Hemingbrough took the lead from a set-piece, Luke Zacharenko readjusting to finish inside the six yard box, 0-1, a poor goal to concede from Cliffe’s perspective. A superb effort from Zacharenko from outside the box, arrowing the ball into the top corner made it 0-2, before Iain Blackburn made it 3-0 to the team in red before the half-time break, a deserved lead.
Cliffe were much better second half, but the game was pretty much decided in the first half – Nathan Horner scoring Cliffe’s consolation goal in the dying minutes, 1-3 the final score.