West Bridgford took all three points in Saturday’s encounter against the Cobras. A quickfire double with goals from Elliot King and Ryan Wheatley killed any momentum that Clipstone had in the last twenty minutes.
The Clipstone starting XI showed two changes from the team that earned the excellent draw against Heanor a week earlier with skipper Lewis Warwick and Josh Devereux both returning to replace Josh Ing and Connor Emery who were both unavailable.
It was an even first half with both teams having good chances to take the lead. Tim Hopkinson had the best chance for the hosts when he was first to meet a corner in the 29th minute only to see his header go narrowly wide. Clipstone’s best chance came in the 34th minute was Ethan Knowles was fouled 25 yards from goal. The resulting free kick taken by Jack Warwick beat the keeper James Fogg and then rebounded off the bar onto the keeper’s arm before being cleared.
Half time came and I think everyone in the ground expected the first goal to play a pivotal part in which way the game would go. Unfortunately for Dave Hoole and the Cobras it went the way of West Bridgford. Clippo seemed to switch off for 10 minutes and Bridgford took full advantage, firstly Elliot King headed home after 61 minutes then five minutes later Jordan Wheatley smashes one in at the back post.
Clipstone struggled to gain any momentum after the two goals but carried on trying to work something while Dave Hoole had four recognisable strikers on the pitch to force something home. Our chance did come from a Jack Warwick header but it is well saved by the keeper.