Northern Counties East Football League Division 1
Clipstone (0) 0 Rossington Main (1) 2 Birchall 7 og Watson 77
Clipstone: Ogden, Blackbourn, Carrington (Barnard 59), Heather, Whitton, L Warwick, Massey, Birchall (Mann 46), Lowe (Foster 46), Massey, Mullins ©, Pickering
Unused substitutes: Lindsay, Hardwick
Cobras’ Man of the Match: Sam Ogden
Clipstone suffered their first home defeat of the 2021/22 season as visitors Rossington Main deservedly left the Lido Ground with all three points despite a Man of the Match performance from Cobras’ ‘keeper Sam Ogden. The visitors took the lead after just seven minutes when a shot from Niall Doran was turned into his own net by Curtis Birchall. Rossington then created a number of other openings but fortunately had not brought their shooting boots with them and their attempts were well away from Ogden’s goal.
The home side struggled initially to keep the ball consistently whilst the visitors looked comfortable in possession albeit struggled to make it count more in terms of goals scored.
The Cobras only created two half chances during the first half. First after skipper Mitch Mullins was brought down just outside the area in the 18th minute, Birchall’s free kick was just wide of the post. Then two minutes before half time Joe Massey did well down the right and his cross found Josh Pickering who could only head over.
Dave Hoole made two changes at half time with Jason Foster and Alex Mann both making their first appearances of the season and the Cobras enjoyed better quality possession in the second period as a result, however the visitors were still creating chances and Clipstone had Ogden to thank for preventing further goals. After the visitors hit the bar on the hour mark, Ogden kept out a point blank effort from Tyla Bell before pulling off a great double save in the 66th minute.
Rossington doubled their advantage in the 77th minute after Lewis Warwick was dispossessed by Jack Watson as he tried to play the ball out from the back and whilst Ogden blocked Watson’s initial effort, the striker was alert to hold off two defenders and put the ball into the unguarded net.
Kian Johnson was forced into a late save as Clipstone pushed forward in the final ten minutes but the visitors never looked like surrendering their advantage.
Full time 0-2
Clipstone FC Media Team
Clipstone FC face Rossington Main on the 23rd of August with a 7:45pm KO. Clipstone are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at local rivals, Rainworth. Meanwhile, Rossington are looking to continue their fine form after beating Armthorpe Welfare FC 1-0 with Jack Watson getting the winner. Both sides will be looking to take 3 points at the Lido Ground.
Rossington, who currently sit 4th in the NCEL are looking to make it 4 wins out of a possible 6 after beating Teversal, Hallam and recently Armthorpe. Clipstone must watch out for inform striker, Niall Doran who has scored 5 goals in the league so far. Also, Jack Watson will be a major threat to the cobras defence scoring 4 goals in the league so far. Rossington will be looking to continue their fine form at the Lido Ground.
On the other hand, Clipstone FC are looking to bounce back from their defeat at Rainworth, Clipstone who were the dominant side were very unlucky not to take any points at Kirklington Road, but are in high spirits heading into the Rossington game and looking to bounce back before travelling to Brigg Town at the weekend.
Come down to the Lido Ground and support the cobras against Rossington Main…
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