Clipstone were beaten 1-2 by Clay Cross Town on a hot afternoon at the Lido Ground.
Prior to the game there was a minute’s applause in memory of Evie Wilson who tragically lost her life earlier in the week.
Early defensive lapses by the home side led to the visitors racing into a 2-0 lead after 14 minutes with goals from Lewis Macaskill and Josh Parfitt. Indeed things could have been worse when ‘keeper Sam Ogden fouled Parfitt as he raced through on goal and conceded a penalty after 18 minutes, however the Cobras’ stopper then pushed Josh Scully’s spot kick onto the post.
The home side offered little attacking threat in the first period and there only chance came after 23 minutes when Josh Pickering cut in from the right hand side but his shot was straight at the ‘keeper.
The Cobras made a number of changes at half time and nearly pulled a goal back when substitute Ethan Blackbourn fired wide with the goal at his mercy after Clay Cross failed to clear a corner.
Clipstone did manage to get a goal back after 59 minutes when Pickering was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by referee Lee Clark and Jason Foster scored from the spot.
Both sides had further chances to score with Connor Wright going closest for the Cobras, however there can be few complaints about the result against a hardworking and organised Clay Cross side.
Next up for the Cobras is a friendly against local rivals AFC Mansfield at the Lido Ground on Saturday 24 July, 3pm.
Clipstone match squad: Ogden (gk), Paling, Wright, Whitton, Massey, Foster, Pickering, Blackbourn, Heather, Lowe, J Warwick, L Warwick, Ing, Barnard, Siddall, Hardwick
Clipstone FC Media Team
The Cobras are up against Step 7 Clay Cross Town at the Lido Ground this Saturday at 3pm – Cobras are looking to continue with their fantastic performances this weekend.
Joe Tomlinson will be bringing a very impressive and solid side to the Lido Ground this Saturday with the hopes of continuing form against Clipstone after a mid-week win against Dronfield Town – Which saw the Millers win 5-3 in their respected local derby. The Step 7 side as usual, will put a very strong fight up against the Cobras with their vastly experienced line-up.
After a good fight against Step 3 Mickleover – Clipstone are looking to get more minutes into the tank and hopefully take a win against the Millers – After a valiant effort against Mickleover there are many promising signs. Ethan Blackbourn delivered a very solid defensive performance – whilst young Goalkeeper Fin Batty made some outstanding saves towards the end of the game. With the season imminently approaching, Gaffer Dave Hoole will be looking for the players to give their all in the final pre-season games.
Come down at support the Cobras against the Millers this Saturday for a 3pm KO at the Lido Ground
£3 Adults | £2 Concessions | U16s FREE