Clipstone boss Dave Hoole praised the character and performance of his young side as they won a derby at Teversal 2-0.
Back in the starting line up striker Jack Warwick looked lively and narrowly missed after the first couple of minutes. Shortly after, he struck home after latching onto a Josh Ing through ball.
The Cobras then had to weather the storm (literally in the windy conditions) with Ryan Damms causing the visiting side problems throughout the first half.
Clipstone had the wind behind them in the second half but took until the 84th minute to get their second of the game. Warwick headed into the path of substitute Lowe. His initial touch was too heavy and allowed the covering defender to play the ball back to Hewison, but the keeper struck his clearance against Lowe and the ball bounced up and over Hewison and into the empty net.
Hoole commented: “We got an early goal against the wind, I hoped we could hold out til half time. Doing so meant we went on to dominate the second period, playing some good football, and we made the points safe five minutes from time through the tenacity of teenager Jack Lowe”.
“They tested us with aerial balls, it was great to see us cope with it well enough to not concede, although not well enough for me to be 100% happy at half-time”.
“But in the second half we had the wind behind us, though it dropped a little bit. We didn’t go long ball, that is not how we play, and created some good chances, on another day it could have been three or four. It was great result”.
With the average age of the Cobras starting line up being only 20 years old, the gaffer was pleased to see them not get overrun. “The boys showed some backbone – we have a young side and they showed some pride and character. They put their bodies on the line, showed character, determination and a great attitude to grind out a hard-fought win”.
The Cobras gaffer went on to single out praise for 16-year-old Jack Lowe who got his first goal for the Cobras. The young striker is captain of Clipstone’s under 18’s side and has impressed while being called up to first team duties.