Nostell MW 4 (3) Perks 16, 25, 78 pen Younis 18
Clipstone 1(1) Sorrell 13
Ogden, Blackbourn, Barnard (Pickering 27, Dawes 65), Mullins (c), Whitton, L Warwick, Wright, Feather, J Warwick, Massey (Ferenc 84), Sorrell
Subs not used: Manlove, Birchall
Sent off: Sorrell Cobras’ Man of the Match: Sam Ogden
Clipstone gave a battling performance after having to play the second half with 10 men and after having an early goal controversially disallowed. Cobras boss was forced to make one change to the side that beat Teversal with Elliott Barnard replacing Luke Manlove who pulled up in the pre-match warmup. Charlie Dawes and Aaron Ferenc were added to the substitutes bench.
Dec Sorrell thought he had opened the scoring after just three minutes when a long clearance from Sam Ogden was headed into his path by Jack Warwick and after holding off his marker, Sorrell drilled a powerful shot home from the edge of the box. The Referee’s Assistant initially put his flag up for a foul before putting it down. However the Cobras’ celebrations were cut short when the goal was then disallowed.
Joe Massey and skipper Mitch Mullins then tested Nostell ‘keeper Lloyd Allison before Sorrell did open the scoring in the 13th minute when he raced onto another Ogden clearance and whilst his initial attempt was blocked he put the rebound into the net.
The lead was short-lived and Nathan Perks put Nostell level on 16 minutes before Anees Younis gave the home side the lead 2 minutes later. Perks then made in 3-1 on 25 minutes as the home side took their chances.
Dec Sorrell was sent off in first half added time after a coming together of players off the ball. It looked a harsh decision as the Clipstone player seemed to be provoked by two opponents and put his hands out at chest level to push one away.
The visitors showed great spirit during the second period and although Sam Ogden had to make several good saves, the Cobras also created chances of their own. If they had grabbed a second it would have made for an interesting finish but the home side grabbed the only goal of the half in the 78th minute when Perks completed his hat-truck after Will Heather fouled Younis in the area. Despite the scoreline, Clipstone produced a good team performance on the day. If they continue to play like this they will certainly test many sides in the league.