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Swallownest FC vs Clipstone FC Sat 12th February KO 3pm

Saturday 12 February 2022

Northern Counties East Football League Division 1

Swallownest FC (2) 3

Jack Watts 8 Sam Foulds 40 Thomas Hartshorn 79

Clipstone (1) 1

Nathan Swindells 30


White, Wright, Clarke (O’Kane 71), Roche, Hextall, Fox, Moss, Appiah ©, Swindells (Kee 67), Murphy, Lillie (Lammy 55)

Unused substitutes: Firth, Whitton

Cobras’ Man of the Match:  Andrew Fox

Bookings: Clarke, Appiah

Sent off: Appiah (Second yellow)

Attendance: 87

Match summary by Jim McIntosh:


Swallownest took the honours in what was a relegation six-pointer as Clipstone once again produced a disappointing performance on a wet and windy afternoon. The home side even survived having there ‘keeper sent off  as both sides finished the game with ten players on the pitch.

Clipstone have a developed a bad habit of conceding early goals and today was no exception. On 8 minutes the excellent James Woodhouse did well down down the left and beat his man before delivering the ball into the box towards Sam Foulds. Whilst the ball was taken away from Foulds it fell to Jack Watts who smashed the ball home from 15 yards out past Cobras’ ‘keeper Jason White.

The visitors started to get a foothold in the game and Nathan Swindells had a great chance in the 14th minute after being put through by Andrew Fox but the Cobras striker could not find the target.

Swindells however did find the net with his next opportunity on the half hour mark with an excellent free kick after a foul on the Cobras’ Kallan Murphy who worked hard on and off the ball all afternoon.

Shortly after Clipstone skipper Kofi Appiah was booked for an unnecessary foul and this was to prove costly later on.  Swallownest regained the lead in the 40th minute when a corner from Watts was met by the onrushing Foulds who powered his header home.

HT 2-1

The Cobras had their best period of the game in the first 15 minutes of the second period but they failed to find the net. Firstly, Nathan Moss had time and space on the edge of the box but fired over and the Adam Lillie put Swindells through and although his shot beat Zac Walker in the home goal, it came back off the post.

Swallownest were then reduced to ten men on the hour mark when Appiah found Moss who put a clever ball through a static Swallownest defence for Appiah to run onto. Walker came rushing out of his box but failed to get to the ball and clattered into Appiah, rightly earning himself a red card. However Clisptone’s numerical advantage only lasted three minutes before Appiah received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.

Clipstone failed to press forward enough in the last quarter of the game and really test stand-in ‘keeper Mitch Kent. Moss tested Kent with a drive in the 69th minute and Kent did well to push it away but he had little else to do.  Instead the home side sealed the three points in the 79th minute when right back Callum Riley made a great forward run and his deflected cross drew a great save from White but the ball fell to Tom Hartshorn who fired home from six yards out.

After the game Cobras’ boss Rudy Funk had this to say: “This was one of the most important games that Clipstone have ever played and it was one of the most frustrating afternoons that I’ve ever encountered in football. It was just awful from our perspective and I’m speechless. They (Swallownest) won the game and deservedly they did. We didn’t capitalise on anything. I’ve never seen so many complications in my life in a game and that’s where we are going wrong. I have to highlight one of our players today – Andrew Fox – a more experienced player who did everything so simply.”


FT 3-1

Clipstone remain on 18th place with 22 points from 29 games although Swallownest are only two points behind now with a game in hand. The Cobras next game is against Parkgate FC at the Lido Ground on Saturday 19 February, 3pm.


Clipstone FC face fellow-strugglers Swallownest FC at the Swallownest Miners Welfare Ground this Saturday with a 3pm Kick off. The Cobras are looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat against Harrogate Railway Athletic FC. The Cobras are looking to beat Swallownest for the second time this season, with the first win being 2-1 with goals coming from Jack Lowe and Josh Pickering. Both sides will see this game as a massive opportunity to move from the relegation zone.

Swallownest, who currently sit 19th have 17 points from 27 games in the NCEL, will be looking to getting their first win since November which was a 2-1 victory over FC Humber.. This will be the second time the Cobras face Swallownest with the previous fixture ending 2-1 to the Cobras . The Cobras need to watch out for Alex Lill who has scored many goals this season.

Clipstone, who currently sit 18th have 22 points from 28 games in the NCEL, will be looking to bounce back from a narrow 3-0 defeat against Harrogate. The Cobras are looking to get their second win of the new year! The Cobras are likely to have Brad Hextall and Josh Pickering which is massive for the Cobras.

Come along and support the boys as we make the short journey north!

#OneClipstone Media Team

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