Rainworth MWFC 2 (2)
Hempshall 2 Hewitt 17
Ogden, Wright, Whitton, Mullins ©️, L Warwick, Blackbourn (Barnard 79), Dawes, Heather (Carrington 56), Lowe, Massey Pickering
Subs not used: Lindsay, Hardwick
Booked: L Warwick, Mullins
Cobras’ Man of the Match: Josh Pickering
The NG21 post code derby saw the honours go to Rainworth who were gifted two first half goals although the Cobras will still be trying to work out how they came away with nothing having created five good chances on top of a late goal from Josh Pickering.
Dave Hoole was forced into two changes from Tuesday’s game victory against Shirebrook with Charlie Dawes and Josh Pickering starting instead of Luke Manlove (injured) and Jack Warwick (unavailable). Under 19 players Harry Lindsay and George Hardwick were on the bench alongside Liam Carrington who has recently rejoined the club.
The match kicked off in the forecast heavy rain and the Wrens took the lead after only two minutes when a long throw by Sam Weston from the left-hand side and static defending allowed the ball to bounce twice and Kane Hempshall was the most alert to stab the ball home at the back post.
The home side doubled their lead after 17 minutes when a long ball forward by Weston found Aaron Hewitt in space on the edge of the Cobras’ area. The forward’s mishit shot deceived the advancing Sam Ogden who had anticipated the shot going to his other side and was left flat-footed as the ball trickled into the net.
The match developed into a midfield battle with several heavy challenges by the home side going unpunished by referee Liam Marsh.
The visitors then created two half chances and their best chance came three minutes before half time when Jack Lowe was first to a Connor Wright cross but his clever flick from close range hit the post.
The Cobras looked the better side in the second period with Ogden having little to do. Josh Pickering should have scored on the hour mark but his shot cannoned back off the bar. Wren’s ‘keeper Warren Squires then produced a point blank save in the 76th minute to keep out a Wright attempt. Squires then denied Joe Massey in the 78th and 85th minutes as the Cobras poured forward in an attempt to get a foothold in the game.
They did eventually find the net in added time when a long cross field ball from Wright found Pickering who cut inside and went past three defenders before beating Squires at his near post. Alas it was to prove, too little, too late.
The Cobras now face Rossington Main at the Lido Ground on Tuesday 24th August, 7.45pm.
Clipstone FC Media Team
Clipstone FC face local rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare FC at Kirklington Road with a 3pm KO. The Cobras are looking to continue their excellent league form after beating Shirebrook Town 3-1 in mid-week in the local derby.
Rainworth will be looking to take points from the Cobra’s and get their first win of the season. Currently sat in 16th place in the table, they will be pushing for a result against the Cobras.
Clipstone who faced Shirebrook mid-week, won the game to a Jack Warwick brace and Jack Lowe wrapped the game up in style before the cobras unfortunately went on to concede later in the game.
Come down to Kirklington Road and support the cobras against Rainworth.
Adults £5 | Concessions £4 | U16s £1
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