Clipstone edge Dunkirk contest

Clipstone edge Dunkirk contest

Clipstone came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Dunkirk in their first East Midland Counties League home game of the season.

The Cobras made it two wins in two and have maximum points from their first two games in the league for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

After losing on penalties in the F.A. Vase last weekend, this was the second game running that Dave Hoole’s side were involved in a frenetic end-to-end affair.

Richard Williams first goal for the club in the 7th minute sparked the contest into life, calmly slotting the ball home off the woodwork after Josh Pickering was adjudged to have been brought down in the box.

The goal kicked Dunkirk into life and Clipstone were under a barrage of attacks, thankfully debut goalkeeper Monty Parkes preserved the Cobras lead with a fantastic double save, while defender Rob Paling also cleared one off the line.

However, with half time looming and Clipstone hanging on Dunkirk defender, James Price levelled the scores with an excellent left-footed half volley flying beautifully into the corner.

Half time helped the Cobras and hindered the visitors and Clipstone were soon back in front when Dec Sorrell chested the ball down nicely to Alex Mann, the midfielder’s shot was too hot to handle for goalkeeper Ryan Hows and could only parry it into the goal.

But 7 minutes later, Price was again causing the Cobras back-line more trouble, this time his perfectly place cross found Callum Robinson. The pace was already on the ball and all Robinson had to do was steer it on target, he duly obliged with brilliantly placed header to set up a dramatic finale.

A Josh Pickering goal after 79 minutes put Clipstone back in charge and they had looked to have sealed the win after good work from Dec Sorrell beating two defenders on the right wing, once at the byline his pinpoint pass finds Pickering in plenty of space and the birthday boy makes no mistake from close range.

Clipstone manager Dave Hoole commented on last nights victory: “I thought it was a fantastic performance. Dunkirk are a very strong side and our games always seem to create goals.

“I can’t be any more proud of my players than I already am, it was a great reaction to Saturdays result.

“We were under some real pressure after our first goal and credit to Dunkirk, they were a real threat. In the second half we upped our game and we moved the ball really well, played some fantastic football and we created chances, thankfully the boys took them.”

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