Collingham U19s 0 v 4 Clipstone FC U19s (Platts 17, Bailey 36, Siddall 50, Mcilvenna 76)
The young Cobra’s travelled to Collingham for their first game of the season and put in a fantastic performance to leave with a 4-0 win. Clipstone included new signings George Dyson, Brandon Shinfield, Caolan Dobney and Liam Wain in the squad and all four put in fine performances as the Cobras got their season off to the perfect start.
The start of the game was scrappy but the young Cobras settled better than their hosts and took a deserved lead through Leighton Platts. Good play by Will Else started the move before a wonderful through ball from George Hodgson sent Platts on his way to round the goalkeeper and roll the ball into the empty net. Clipstone remained well on top but were almost pegged back but Fin Batty in the Clipstone goal made a fine save to deny Collingham from a corner. The second Clipstone goal arrived after 36 minutes through Tom Bailey. Great play down the left from Dyson and Sellars led to the ball falling to Bailey on the edge of the box who turned his man before firing into the corner of the goal to give the Cobras a 2-0 half time lead.
At half time, the Clipstone management asked their side to be more ruthless and put their chances away and their team replied perfectly with a goal five minutes into the second half. The left hand side link up play between Dyson and Sellars worked wonders for Clipstone again before Sellars put a wonderful ball into the box and Taylor Siddall was on hand to turn the ball past the goalkeeper. The game then went a little flat but with Clipstone still well on top, chances at either end were at a minimum before a lightning break from Clipstone from a Collingham corner led to their fourth goal. A great ball into the channel from Liam Wain for Platts to run on to started the move, Platts took on his full back and pulled the ball across the face of goal for Jake Mcilvenna to complete the scoring.
A fine Clipstone win and a clean sheet to start the season was confirmed with little alarm in the last fifteen minutes as the Cobra’s defence, marshalled by captain and man of the match Ethan Little saw the game out and saw the young Cobras over the line for their first three points of the season.