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Clipstone FC vs Rainworth MWFC 28th December 3pm KO

Saturday 28 December 2021

Northern Counties East Football League Division 1

 

Clipstone (2) 2

Pickering 25 Sorrell 38

 

Rainworth MWFC (1) 2

Benger 45 Kane Hempstall 74

 

Clipstone:

White, Wright, Hextall, O’Malley ©, Whitton, Moss, Dear, Heather, Lowe, Sorrell (Ganyiwa 70)

 

Unused substitutes: Reeve, Hardwick, Barnard

 

Cobras’ Man of the Match: Dec Sorrell

 

Bookings: O’Malley (foul), Lowe (delaying restart), Dear (foul)

 

Attendance: 203

 

Match summary by Jim McIntosh:

 

“A fair result” was Cobras’ boss Rudy Funk’s assessment as the NG221 Post Code derby ended in a two all draw in front of 203 spectators after the home side took a two-nil lead in the first half.

 

Funk added “It was a great local derby with the crowd and atmosphere. Some of the football in the first 45 minutes was unbelievable. We scored two proper team goals. However, Connor Wright made the wrong decision just before half time and they scored.

 

I said a few harsh words at half time. They put a lot of pressure on us in the first 20 minutes of the second half and we defended well. Then their second goal came through a defensive error.

 

We’ve won one, drawn one and lost one, which is not bad. At the moment we are in a relegation battle and this point could be the one that saves our bacon”.

 

 

The Cobras started the game better and created a chance as early as the 4th minute when Jack Lowe turned in the area and shot straight at Rainworth ‘keeper Warren Squires who could only push the ball away but there no home player could put the rebound away.

 

After creating several half chances and with Squires by far the busier ‘keeper, Clipstone took the lead in the 25th minute when a misplaced pass by Kane Hempstall went straight to Lowe in the area. The Cobras’ striker held off two players before shooting and whilst the ball was pushed away by Squires it was only to the feet of Josh Pickering who smashed the ball home from 5 yards.

 

They doubled their lead in the 38th minute after Pickering, Lowe and Cameron Dear combined in a flowing move and the latter’s early cross was met by Cobras’ Man of the Match Dec Sorrell who git in front of his marker to guide the ball home.

 

Unfortunately, the two-goal lead only lasted seven minutes and on the stroke of half time Rainworth grabbed a goal back when Connor Wright didn’t take the opportunity to clear the ball when he had chancer and was dispossessed. The ball was then played into the Clipstone box where Nathan Benger headed home at the far post past Jason White.

 

HT 2-1

 

Clipstone never quite reached the same level of performance in the second half as Rainworth had much greater possession in the first 20 minutes. The Cobras did create two decent chances just after the hour mark when firstly Dear shot into the side netting after Sorrell laid the ball off to Pickering whose 30 yard cross-field ball found the right winger in space. Lowe then created a chance for himself after turning smartly in the area and forcing Squire to get down quickly to block his shot.

 

Rainworth’s equaliser came courtesy of a late Christmas present from the Cobras when they failed to deal with a ball down the middle and Kane Hempstall took advantage of hesitant defending to run into the area and beat the advancing White.

 

Both sides then went in search of a winner and it was the visitors who came closest in added time when a free kick was headed against the post by Josh Smith.

 

FT 2-2

 

The Cobras remain in 18th place in the league with 18 points from 21 games. Their next game is away to Rossington Main on Tuesday 3rd January 2022, 7.45pm and they then face Brigg Town at the Lido Ground on Saturday 8th January, 3pm. Both sides currently occupy top six spots so Funk’s side face tough challenges in both games.

 

Clipstone FC Media Team


 

Clipstone FC face local rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare FC at the Lido Ground with a 3pm Kick off. Rudy Funk is looking to get his second win in charge of the Cobras in which will be his first home game in charge of Clipstone. The Cobras faced Shirebrook over a week ago in which saw them lose 4-1 with a great goal from Josh Pickering. Both Clipstone and Rainworth will see this game as a massive opportunity to lift from the bottom half.

Rainworth, who currently sit 17th have 19 points from 22 games in the NCEL, will be looking to continue their free-scoring form which saw them beat Armthorpe 3-0. Rainworth have been hit hard by injury crisis but have showed major signs of improvement with Curtis Williamson grabbing 2 goals for Rainworth last weekend.

Clipstone, who currently sit 18th have 18 points from 21 games in the NCEL, will be looking to bounce back from the 4-1 defeat against Shirebrook. The Cobras are looking to get their 2nd win of the month against local rivals Rainworth after beating Teversal earlier in the month. This is a huge milestone game as its Rudy Funk’s first home game in charge! It is a massive game for the Cobras! UTC!

Come down and support the Cobras at the Lido Ground!

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