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Clipstone U19s storm to 3rd consecutive win…

Sandiacre 1-4 Clipstone (Lowe 17, 34, 68 Dobney 29)
The young Cobras travelled to Sandiacre on Thursday night looking to make it three wins from three in the league and looking to build on two positive performances in their first two games.

The home side started on top and Clipstone needed goalkeeper Fin Batty to be at his best with two excellent early saves to keep the scores level. Clipstone soon got on top and took the lead when a Leighton Platts corner was fired superbly into the roof of the net by Jack Lowe. Sandiacre reacted well to going behind and were soon level when a strike from 20 yards flew into the roof of the Clipstone net.

The young Cobras remained on top but never reached their usual high standards in the first half. One of few moments of quality in the first half for Clipstone was enough to put them back in front, a ball forward from Fin Batty was well flicked on by Lowe. Leighton Platts timed his run well and as he closed in on goal, played a very unselfish pass across goal where Caolan Dobney supplied the finish for his first Clipstone goal. This seemed to kick Clipstone into gear and a third goal followed followed five minutes later. Good played down the Clipstone left by Sellars and Dobney led to the ball falling for Lowe out on the left. He cut inside brilliantly and after beating two Sandiacre defenders, he drilled the ball into the bottom corner.

Despite leading 3–1 at half time, the Clipstone players and management were in agreement that the first half had been far from their best. The second half was a much more solid performance from Clipstone who controlled the game well and kept the ball much better.

The Clipstone midfield of Hardwick, Shinfield and Bailey were able to dictate play much more in the second half and the defence of Wain, Else, Shorthose and Sellars protected Batty in the Clipstone goal as the young Cobras managed the game well in the second half. Just one further goal followed, an excellent ball in from a Dobney free kick was glanced into the far corner by Lowe to complete his hat trick. Only one chance of note in the second half for Sandiacre as good play down their left hand side led to a chance that Shorthose had to superbly head off the line.

The full time whistle arrived with Clipstone 4-1 winners but knowing they need to perform better in their next game if they want to make it four wins from four.

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