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MATCH REPORT: Clipstone FC vs Barrow Town – Sat 6th August – 3pm KO

Saturday 6 August 2022

United Counties League Division 1

Clipstone (0) 0

Barrow Town (0) 1

Trandafirescu 46

Clipstone: Dando, Wright, Hajman, Homer ©, Hagerty, Culf, Wood, Roberts (Whitehead Bonsor), Ball, Heather, Barke

Unused substitutes: Clarke, Whitton

Cobras’ Man of the Match: James Culf

Booking: Hegarty.

Sent Off: Hegarty (2 yellow cards)

Attendance: 61

Match summary by Jim McIntosh:

The Cobras remain pointless after two games as the followed up the 3-1 defeat away to Bourne Town with a narrow home defeat against Barrow Town. The difference between the two sides proved to be Cezar Trandafirescu’s strike 35 seconds after the break.

After the game Manager Dave Hoole said “We played some really good football in patches and created two very good chances. You would your mortgage on Eden (Homer) to score and their ‘keeper has pulled off a worldly save from Jordan Ball. They were fine margins. I don’t think that the officials got two major decisions right.

It was a better performance than last week. I can’t fault the work ethic of the lads. They say you make your own luck in football which you do and we need a bit just now. And we to strengthen in certain areas.

I’m looking forward to the Blidworth game on Tuesday. When you lose, you always want the next game to come as quick as it can. We’ll go out there on Tuesday night and apply ourselves as we know we can. We’ll also see if we can draft one or two players in”.

The home side made a slow start to the game and were woken up in the 15th minute when a 25-yard strike by Barrow’s Jordan Holmes from the edge of the box beat Charlie Dando but came back off the woodwork. Jordan Hegarty then received a yellow card for a foul on Andrei Raceala four minutes later.

The Cobras were then forced to make a change in the 29th minute as midfielder came off with a leg injury and was replaced by Billy Whitehead. The change actually injected more energy and the home side gained the upper hand. As half time approached, Whitehead won a free kick near the penalty area and Tom Wood’s curling free kick was tipped over the bar at full stretch by Barrow ‘keeper Austin Wood. Whitehead then had a chance himself when he dispossessed Harris Saunders but his resulting shot went over the bar.

HT 0-0

Clipstone fell behind in the 46th minute when a long ball through the middle wasn’t dealt with and Trandafirescu took advantage to beat Dando from 12 yards out. The visitors could have scored again as Hagerty cleared off the line with Dando beaten and Joe French headed over from close range just after the hour mark.

The Cobras worked hard to get back into the game and started to exert concerted pressure on the Barrow defence. During one of these attacks, Tom Wood was hauled down by a defender in the area but the referee waived away the loud penalty appeals from the home side.

In a frantic final few minutes a Wood corner found its way to ‘skipper Eden Homer in space but he fired over from five yards with the goal at his mercy. Jordan Hegarty was then harshly shown a second yellow card despite clearly winning the ball in the challenge and was sent off. And in the 90th minute Wood in the Barrow goal pulled off a superb save to get down low and keep out a Jordan Ball shot from the edge of the area.

FT 0-1

Meanwhile the new formed Clipstone Reserves team made the short journey to Blidworth Welfare Reserves in the Central Midlands Division 1 East league. Goals from Tsolakis and Dyson saw the home side take the honours in a 2-0 victory.

Clipstone’s next game is at home to local rivals Blidworth on Tuesday 9th August, 7:45pm. They then travel to St Andrews on Saturday 13th August, 3pm.

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PREVIEW: The Cobras return to league action this Saturday, 6th August against Barrow Town FC at the Lido Ground with a 3pm KO! Both teams looking to bounce back from defeat last weekend. The Cobras completed the longest journey of the season against Bourne, with Clipstone losing 3-1 with the only goal coming from Will Heather. However, the Cobras are looking to bounce back against Barrow, who was defeated 5-1 by Radford last saturday.
Clipstone, who sit 17th after one game, are looking to get a result against Barrow. With more players available this week, it gives manager Dave Hoole tougher selection choices heading into the game on Saturday.
Barrow, who sit 20th after one game, are looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat against Radford and put a better performance in at the Lido Ground.
Come along and support the Cobras in their first home league game of the season!
£5 Adults | £3 Concessions | U16s FREE
📍Lido Ground, Clipstone Road East, NG21 9AB
#OneClipstone Media Team

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