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Part 17 - Search for a striker goes on - 15 Dec 1973 - Alfreton Town 1 Clifton 0

4 months ago By Ray Smithson

Clifton manager Brian Harrison has travelled 700 miles in recent weeks in a search for a striker to lead his attack.

The club manager says that although he judges his front-runners as skilful as any in the league, he feels a big fella is needed to add weight and punch to the attack.

Ian Muir snatched the late winner in Saturdays Notts Senior Cup tie and the teams resolute work in defence particularly pleased Mr Harrison.

Ex Kimberley man Cal Yeomans has played a big part in the improvement of the rear line and youngster Tony Cuthbert is rated as one of the best right flank rearguard men in the league.

Five Clifton players have been released by manager Brian Harrison as he steps up his search for newcomers to strengthen their Midland league side.

The players to go are Pete Archer, Kevin Flynn, Chris Daykin, John Hayman and David Bennett, and already one new signing is reported in Mike Burrows from Long Eaton United.

Burrows a 19 year old striker is expected to be an asset to the Clifton attack and once he has qualified as a registered player he will be knocking on the door.

Alfreton: Meehan, Blackburn, Slater, Ford, Renshaw, Tunstall, Bonser, Harrison, Parlett, Griffiths, Daley. Sub Wadsworth

Clifton: Foster, Cuthbert, Young, Yeomans, Hallot, Shipley, Simpson, Byrne, Kalisak, Muir, Deakin. Sub Edwards

A disallowed goal – ruled out after the referee consulted the linesman – brought strong protests from Alfreton in the first half of their Midland league match with Clifton All Whites.

Alfretons joy when Harrison netted from a free kick just outside the penalty area turned to dismay when the referee, after pointing to the centre spot, spoke to his linesman. The Derby referee and his linesman obviously failed to see Griffiths rolling the ball for Harrison to shoot.

Alfreton settled down to force three consecutive corners before Clifton finally cleared the danger.

Yeomans stopped a hard drive from Harrison and when Simpson tried to move he was well beaten by the home defence. Alfreton had a lucky escape when Slater who was hurt in the process prevented a certain goal from Deakin.

Foster, the Clifton keeper did well to smother the ball after a goalmouth scramble. Muir then broke for Clifton forcing Renshaw to give away a corner that came to nothing

Half Time Alfreton Town 0 Clifton 0

Tunstall for Alfreton floated in a good ross from the right but Parlett was too well marked by Hallott to be able to score. At the other end Simpson headed over for Clifton and when Alfreton attacked again Bonser’s shot was mover the bar.

Foster saved well near the post and Young headed off the line as Alfreton piled on the pressure.

Clifton made many mistakes with their kick and run style of play. They were doing a good job blocking the home side until the 75th minute following tremendous pressure substitute Wadsworth side footed a Griffiths cross into the net giving Alfreton the two points.

In the East Midlands Regional Division 1 game Clifton reserves gain a point in the 1-1 draw away to Long Eaton United reserves

All other parts to the first season in the Midland League can be found on the homepage in the Information section (top right). "A Blast from the Past"

Updated 21:14 - 21 Jun 2018 by Ray Smithson

Where next?

Players Names Wanted Another black & white photograph of possibly an old All Whites team
Part 2 Clifton All Whites - The Players Story Formation of Thistledown Rovers 1963

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