Clipstone boss Dave Hoole said he “doesn’t understand” his team’s display as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Bingham Town.
In a tournament which has been good for the Cobras in recent years sees them exit at the first time of asking. Clipstone who started the game on top and hit the woodwork twice, the first from a thunderbolt Josh Ing strike which rechochaded off the bar. Marcus Beddoe had the second effort, poking his shot towards the post.
However, the game turned after the 25th minute and Bingham grew in confidence. Town too hit the post and their rebounded effort was somehow blocked off the line with Ogden scrambling to pick up the loose ball.
The second half was dominated by Bingham and they took the lead through Jake Hardy. Whilst Clipstone were offered a lifeline through Josh Pickering after a goalkeeping mistake it would’ve been harsh for the hosts not to take the victory and the goal from Euan Sweeting deserved to win any game. Euan managed to pick the ball up, take a touch to get it out of his feet and strike from 30-yards giving Sam Ogden absolutely no chance in goal.
I’m very disappointed. After the first 25 minutes I didn’t see it coming and I don’t understand why we just stopped playing” said Hoole.
“Parts of our work towards their goal were not as we had planned or practised, but that was down to their good defending and parts of our skills not being quite at the level we expect”.
“Bingham are a strong side and they’ve been at the top of their league for a while now, so once they had a few chances you could see their confidence grow”.
“We now move onto Tuesday’s big game against Borrowash Victoria and we expect a reaction from the boys”.