Clipstone returned home pointless from Nottingham despite a fighting second half performance.
Dunkirk’s Lenton Lane ground is 20 yards from the River Trent and the home club deserve huge credit for getting the game on despite recent rain which left the Trent looking very high.
It was a slow start and it took until the 20th minute before the first real chance came. A free kick by Cobras’ skipper Jason Foster causes Liam Mitchell in the home goal some difficulty and gratefully tips it over for a corner.
Nine minutes later the home side score the only goal of the game when slack defending at a corner saw Dunkirk defender Lewis Wilcox allowed to turn and fire home from close range. Static defending allowed Dunkirk players to win two headers in the box with the ball falling to Wilcox 6 yards out.
The first half was seen out and only a half chance for Clipstone’s Jonathan Collo followed the goal but he is unable to find the target.
Whatever was said at half time immediately showed. The shackles looked to have come off as the memory of the Hucknall game last week faded. Clipstone showed more attacking intent with a well placed Josh Pickering fired straight at Mitchell during the early stages.
A first for the Clipstone record books when Dunkirk was awarded a penalty. It was a close call but a Dunkirk player was fouled close to the edge of the area and the referee points to the penalty spot after consulting his assistant. This was much to the disgust of Lewis Warwick who is sin-binned for 10 minutes for dissent. However Tyrrell Shannon-Lewis fired his spot kick well over Sam Ogden’s goal.
In an end to end last 10 minutes Clipstone create several half chances with only ten men, the best falling to midfielder Josh Ings but his shot is straight at Mitchell.