Saturday 19 March 2022
Northern Counties East Football League Division 1
Selby Town (3) 4
Calum Ward 34 Harry Clapham 40 90 Connor Qualtar 44
Clipstone (0) 1
Leighton Platts 69
Preston, Wright ©, Firth, Hextall (Hardwick 80), McGowan, Roche, Murphy, Royle, Finneran, Moss, Platts
Unused substitutes: Severn, Bullock, Randle
Cobras’ Man of the Match: Kallan Murphy
Bookings: Moss, Royle, McGowan
Match summary by Jim McIntosh:
Having parted ways with Rudy Funk following Tuesday’s home defeat to Nostell MW, Clipstone made the tough trip to 8th placed Selby. There were three changes to the team beaten 2-0 on Tuesday with Josh Pickering and Aaron Ferenc missing due to injury and illness respectively and George Hardwick dropping to the bench. This meant that Darragh Roche, Kallan Murphy and Nathan Moss all returned to the starting line-up.
The visitors started well and created the better chances in the first 30 minutes. With only four minutes gone Kallan Murphy was unceremoniously taken out by Selby’s Luke Sellers and when the resulting free kick was played short to Murphy, he took the ball into the rea before forcing a smart save from Jody Barford in the Selby goal. The next chance again well to the Cobras three minutes later when the hardworking Francis Finneran did well to stop the ball going out for a goal kick and pulled the ball back to Brad Hextall, playing in an unaccustomed central midfield role. Unfortunately, the latter’s shot was well over and didn’t trouble Barford.
It wasn’t until the 34th minute that the next clearcut chance arose and this gave the home side the lead. A Dan Davison through ball cut the Clipstone defence open and found Liam Flannagan in space and he squared the ball to Calum Ward who fired past Charlie Preston.
The visitors responded and a Leighton Platts cross from the left found Murphy unmarked on angle of box but his shot went wide. However it became 2-0 in the 40th minute when a poor defensive clearance allowed Selby’s Harry Sheppeard to put the ball into the area and Harry Clapham headed home. The home side grabbed a third on the stroke of half time in controversial circumstances when Preston looked to be clearly impeded as he came to claim a free kick. However the referee allowed play to continue and Connor Qualtar scored from close range.
To their credit Clipstone didn’t let their heads drop in the second period and did their best to get back into the game and enjoyed some sustained pressure. In the 67th minute a Connor Wright free kick into area found Darragh Roche whose clever flick was just wide of the post. The visitors were eventually rewarded in the 69th minute when Leighton Platts’ curling shot from edge of area beat Barford and found top corner. With both sides looking for the next goal, play moved from end to end and Clipstone came very close with eight minutes remaining when another long free kick into area was only cleared to Finneran on edge of box and his first-time volley just fizzed wide of the post.
Selby had the final say in the game and after Darragh Roche had cleared an effort from Flanaghan off the line with Preston beaten the home side grabbed a fourth when a long Barford clearance found Clapham in space and he ran into area and low shot beat Preston.
Clipstone remain in 19th place with 22 points from 36 games and the final relegation place would appear to be a battle between the Cobras and Swallownest. The Cobras next game is at home to 8th placed Parkgate FC on Tuesday 22 March, 7.45pm as they try to find a win that may yet prevent relegation.
Clipstone FC face high-flyers Selby Town at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium with a 3pm Kick off. The Cobras are looking to bounce back from a spirited 2-0 defeat in mid-week against Nostell Miners Welfare. The Cobras will be looking to show the same amount of discipline and effort against Selby. This is the 3rd fixture played between both sides with the previous 2 results ending 3-2 to Selby in the previous fixture.
Selby, who currently sit 8th have 59 points from 34 games in the NCEL, will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 defeat against Brigg Town. Selby have a prolific goal scorer in Liam Flanagan who has scored 30 goals this season.
Clipstone, who currently sit 19th have 22 points from 35 games in the NCEL, will be looking to get a win to lift their battle against the relegation battle. This will be the first game with the new interim management team led by Paul Griffiths, who will be assisted by John Lee, Tony Wigfull and Luke Randle. UTC!
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