Saturday 18th December 2021
Northern Counties East Football League Division 1
Shirebrook Town (2) 4 Devereux 37, Parfitt 40, McKenzie 47 75
Clipstone (1) 1 Pickering 28
Clipstone: White, Whitton, Wright, L Warwick, Hextall, Pickering, Heather, Moss, Barnard (Reeve 8) O’Malley, Lowe Unused Substitutes: Walwyn-Alsop
Cobras’ Man of the Match: Lewis Warwick
Bookings: Lowe (Foul play)
Clipstone faced a strong Shirebrook side in which Shirebrook ran away as the deserved winners. The Cobras initially took the lead through Josh Pickering but was later cancelled out by two quick Shirebrook goals. After a battling performance, Funk credited his depleted squad for “giving it their all” in difficult conditions and hailed Pickering for his fine finish in the first half.
Thick fog made visibility very difficult at Langwith Road and the depleted Cobras had further injury problems when Elliott Barnard clashed with Ash Grayson on 8 minutes seeing Barnard replaced by young Reece Reeve. The conditions proved difficult for the Cobras and Shirebrook dominated the first 20 minutes with Shirebrook creating a plethora of chances but struggled to find the net. However, on 25 minutes the deadlock was nearly broken when Joshua Devereux whipped in a fine cross from a corner which led to a goal-mouth scramble before Josh Parfitt’s shot went high and wide.
On 28 minutes, the deadlock was broken against the run of the play, brilliant build up between Heather, Moss and Pickering which saw their efforts rewarded when Pickering placed a beautiful shot into the far corner beating Lewis Hill in the Shirebrook Town net. However on 40 minutes, Parfitt raced in behind before a controversial free-kick was given to Shirebrook in which Josh Devereux placed a beautiful shot into the far left corner beating Jason White.
Things got worse for the Cobras when a minute later, Josh Devereux whipped in another brilliant corner and found the head of Josh Parfitt at the near post who headed home to put Shirebrook ahead at the break.
In the second half, the conditions worsened at Langwith Road and on 51 minutes Kenan Mckenzie dribbled through the Cobras defence before placing the shot in the bottom right corner to put Shirebrook 3-1 up. However, The Cobras showed brilliant resilience and kept fighting through the challenging conditions of the pitch but couldn’t find a great chance to bring them back into the game.
On 75 minutes, the game was rounded off when a back pass to Jason White bobbled over his foot and Kenan McKenzie was there to tap the goal into an empty Clipstone net. On a difficult afternoon in Shirebrook, Rudy Funk hailed “the lads character” and knows they will keep fighting heading into the final game of the month.
The Cobras drop down to 18th in the league with 18 points from 21 games. The next game is Rainworth MWFC at the Lido Ground on Tuesday 28th December, 3pm KO.
Clipstone FC Media Team
Clipstone FC face local rivals Shirebrook Town at the Langwith Road with a 3pm Kick off. Rudy Funk is looking to get back-to-back wins over his former clubs with Shirebrook in high hopes on the back of a 1-1 draw with league leaders North Ferriby. The Cobras faced Teversal 2 weeks ago and new singing Sam O’Malley headed home in stoppage time to get the 3 points for the Cobras. A massive game for both sides who want to push up from the bottom half.
Shirebrook, who currently sit 17th have 16 points from 22 games in the NCEL, will be looking to show high spirits like they did the previous weekend where they drew 1-1 with high flying North Ferriby with Parfitt getting the goal for Shirebrook. Shirebrook have a plethora of talented players including Ash Grayson & Josh Parfitt who have been crucial players for Shirebrook.
Clipstone, who currently sit 17=6th have 18 points from 20 games in the NCEL, will be looking to put on a ruthless display against Shirebrook. The Cobras are looking to get their 2nd win of the month against local rivals Shirebrook after beating Teversal earlier in the month. Massive game for the Cobras! UTC!
Come down and support the Cobras away from home at local rivals Shirebrook!
#OneClipstone Media Team