Clipstone 0-1 Shirebrook Town
Bates 25′ pen
Clipstone lineup: Ogden, McConnell, Marchetta (Carrington 46), L Warwick, Whitton, Blades, Wootton (Knowles 59), Sorrell, J Warwick, Foster (c), Devereux (Pickering 46)
Subs not used: Gibb, Lowe
Cobras’ Man of the match: Jason Foster
Clipstone pay the penalty for a poor performance as Shirebrook take local bragging rights.
The match was played in front of the club’s largest attendance (181) for several seasons as they benefitted from both being the only East Midlands Counties game that survived the weather and also from the crowd being boosted by Mansfield Town fans looking for a game after the Stags game was called off. Credit goes to Cobras’ Groundsman Rob Sprigg for producing a very good playing surface despite recent wet weather.
First 20 mins – Cobras dominated possession although their only real attempt on goal came in the first 15 seconds when skipper Jason Foster nipped in to dispossess a defender near the area but put the resulting shot wide of the target.
25 mins The home side concede a penalty when Roberto Marchetta makes contact with Shirebrook’s Josh Turner. It was a definite foul and whilst initial contact may have been outside the area, Turner was in the rea when he went to ground and despite the Cobras’ protests, referee Lewis Saunders-Johnson looked to have got it right. Ryan Bates send Sam Ogden the wrong way from the spot. 0-1
27 mins A corner for Clipstone is only cleared as far as Chad Wootton whose shot is cleared off the line.
65 mins A Jason Foster corner deceives Daniel Hartshorn in the Shirebrook goal when it catches the wind but it comes back off the top of the crossbar.
84 mins A cross from Jack Warwick finds Foster whose goal bound header is blocked by Craig Purcell.
90 mins Having laid siege to the visitor’s goal for the final ten minutes, the Cobras hit the woodwork twice in quick succession after Jason Foster plays a long free kick into the area. It is allowed to bounce and evades everybody and hits the post bouncing up nicely for Lewis Warwick but the Cobras’ midfielder heads against the bar from six yards.