Clipstone made it two wins in two as they followed up on Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over a youth team from Chesterfield F.C. with a win against the reformed Glapwell F.C. The Cobras played some free-flowing attacking football at times but overall it was an unconvincing display against opponents from the Central Midlands League, one step below the Cobras in the non-league pyramid.
With several players unavailable, manager Dave Hoole took the opportunity to start four trialists. It was one of the trialists who opened the scoring for Clipstone on 7 minutes with a well-taken free lick from 25 yards out.
The Cobras had the better of the first period with Jack Warwick and Jack Siddall both missing good opportunities to extend the home side’s lead whilst Clipstone ‘keeper Ryan Skidmore had little to do.
The Cobras made three changes at half time and were again the better side for opening minutes of the second period. In the 53rd minute substitute Marcus Beddoe put Mitch Mullins in on goal, the midfielder however, was denied by a great save from the visitors goalkeeper.
Two minutes later the Cobras did grab a deserved second goal when Jack Siddall scored from close range, his third goal in two games, after Tom Weaver’s shot had come back off the post.
Rather than finishing the game off, the home side started to let errors creep into their play and allowed Glapwell back into the game. A defensive mixup in the 58th minute allowed Aidan McTighe to get free and round the Clipstone goalkeeper Skidmore putting it into a empty net.
Skidmore then produced a good save to deny McTighe again in the 65th minute and the same player came close to equalising in the 77th minute but James McConnell was quick enough to get back and dispossess the Glapwell striker as got into a dangerous position in the penalty area.