Defeat for the Cobras before the Christmas break.

Defeat for the Cobras before the Christmas break.

There was no festive joy for Clipstone as they slumped to a heavy home defeat on the Saturday before Christmas.

Albion striker Danny Facey was able to take full advantage of some early Christmas gifts from the Cobras’ defence as he helped himself to four goals.

The one bright spot for Clipstone was the return of midfielder Keenan Leeds, after an eight-month layoff with a cruciate ligament injury, and showed that he has lost none of his passing ability and was involved in most of the Cobras’ best moments.

After an abject first half display the home side did play some decent football in the second period and grabbed a consolation goal on the hour through Tom Blaney. However too often they were overpowered in midfield as Albion took control from the very start. They opened the scoring after just seven minutes when a speculative shot by Aran Gaur went through Gary Doncaster although the ‘keeper seemed to lose sight of the shot with the low winter sun in his eyes.

The visitors doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Ben Burbanks upended Summalli Cissa and Facey sent Doncaster the wrong way with his kick.

The home side didn’t manage a shot on target in the first half and the second started badly when Facey held off a challenge from Jack Dando and beat Doncaster from close range. Clipstone did have a genuine grievance that a foul on Eden Homer in the build up to the goal wasn’t given although referee Gareth Davies had an otherwise good afternoon.

Although Blaney grabbed a goal back after latching onto a good through ball by Tyler Leeds, the visitors restored their three goal advantage when Omolokum scored from close range after the ball came back off the cross bar.

The Cobras’ still didn’t give up and Matt Hubbard created a chance in the 72nd minute when he won possession 25

yards from goal but blazed over with just the ‘keeper to beat. Keenan Leeds then struct a post with a good low shot a minute later.

However it was no surprise when Facey completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute and the same player completed the scoring in the final minute.

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