Toolstation Northern Counties East – Premier Division
Tuesday 11 April 2017
At The Worksop Van Hire Stadium, Clipstone
Clipstone FC (0) 0
Cleethorpes Town (2) 3
Flett 29 44, Hutchinson 72
Attendance : 153
Clipstone: Doncaster, Burbanks, Paling, Webster, Taylor, Rogers © (Randle 79), Curtis, Williams (Ashton 59), Walker (Blaney 75), Bircumshaw, Gregory.
Cobras’ Man of the Match: Ben Burbanks
Report by Jim McIntosh (@Realalerunner)
Clisptone were comprehensively beaten by league leaders Cleethorpes Town although the Cobras fought all the way and the visitors certainly knew they had been in a game.
Cobras’ goalkeeper Gary Doncaster made an early point blank save to deny Andrew Taylor and denied the same player with 11 minutes gone.
The visitors took the lead with a somewhat fortunate goal when a corner from the left taken by visiting skipper Alex Flett got caught in the wind and evaded everyone in the area and went in off the back post.
The visitors doubled their lead when Flett scored with an expertly taken free kick near the edge of the area.
Half Time 0-2
Clipstone picked up their game in the second period and restricted the visitors to very few clear cut chances.
They had two decent chances themselves. A skilful 15-yard run by Harry Bircumshaw allowed the young midfielder a shooting opportunity but it was straight at Liam Histon in the Cleethorpes goal.
Histon also spilled a shot from Luke Walker but got back just in time to stop the ball rolling over the line.
The killer goal came in the 72nd minute when a through ball from Marc Cooper enabled Leigh Hutchinson to beat the offside trap and put his low shot past Doncaster.
Doncaster then denied the visitors a fourth when he pulled off a superb save to tip over a blistering shot from Cleethorpes full back Tim Lowe.
Full Time 0-3
After the match Cobras’ boss Ian Cotton said “we played the best side in the league by a long way. We came out in the second half and completed. Over 90 minutes I thought it was a good effort from the lads”.
Clipstone remain in 16th place in the league with 49 points from 39 games. The Cobras now visit local rivals AFC Mansfield on Saturday 15 April, 3pm.