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Sat 21 Jan 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 125

Clipstone v Garforth Town match report

15-minute goal rush ensures that new boss Cotton doesn't get a dream start


New Cobras’ boss Ian Cotton’s dreams of a Clipstone win in his first game were dashed by an impressive 15 minute goal rush as Garforth Town left the Worksop Van Hire Stadium with all the points.

Chief Cotton’s first competitive Clipstone team included 14 new faces, with only Goalkeeper Andy Francis and Clipstone Stalwart Rob Paling remaining after the resignation of Chairman & Manager during the week.

In-front of a magnificent attendance of 125 Clipstone had the better of the opening 10 minutes and Captain Ben Rodgers looked to put Garforth under pressure early. Keenan Leeds and Tim Gregory linked up well creating plenty of problems for Garforth left back Luke Kitson.

On 11 minutes Garforth striker Mark Simpson found himself clear of the defence with no flag for offside but could only shoot into the arms of Clipstone goalkeeper Andy Francis. Four minutes later Turner then dragged his shot wide when latching on to a great headed clearance from Sam Leach.

Clipstone were pressing high and through the determination of right-back Ben Burbanks found the ever lively Tim Gregory who turned the Garforth central defender and dinked the ball into the box for Max Curzon who just couldn’t connect with his header.

The Cobras found themselves pressing again, this time the referee had blown for a free kick on the edge of the Garforth box. Keenan Leeds’ cross troubled the impressive goalkeeper Paul Hagreen who sliced his punched clearance and conceded a corner.

Gareth Curtis’ driven corner again caused problems for Garforth and the ball did find itself trickling into the back of the net after a header from Luke Thomas but unfortunately the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul.

Garforth’s best chance of the half fell on the 40th minute when defender Luke McCrum towering header narrowly went wide of the post after some good work from Jack McMurrough.

After Clipstone had only just signed this current squad in a matter of days their performance was impressive and the travelling support wouldn’t have begrudged them if they were to have ended the half in the lead.

Half Time 0-0

The start of the second half saw a number of set-pieces for the hosts come to nothing, before a great counter attacking solo run from Garforth’s Mitch Hamilton was eventually held by goalkeeper Francis. Another break forward saw Simpson clear again on 50 minutes, but his low driven shot was against the side netting.

It seemed all Garforth now and they started to mount some real pressure onto the Clipstone defence. Defender Adam Somes’ error led to a dangerous Garforth free-kick on the edge of the box as Luke Thomas had no other option but to bring him down. Up-stepped Luke Kitson who shot well over the ball. A minute later however, Garforth finally had the breakthrough. A great pass by Turner found McMurrough who looked offside, however that didn’t distracted the winger who slotted home to open the scoring.

Clipstone then enjoyed their best spell of the game and will rue their chances after a incredible save by Hagreen from Max Curzon. The Cobras went close again from the resulting corner this time Keenan Leeds with a great header but finding goalkeeper Hagreen in great form.

The visitors countered Clipstone’s attacks with one of their own, a speedy break-away from Hamilton found Mark Simpson open in-front of goal for a simple tap in.

Cotton tried to push Clipstone making two attacking changes and played the remainder of the game with only 3 recognisable defenders. On the 63rd minute Garforth again found the net after Luke Kitson’s corner was flicked onto Hamilton at the far post who made it 3-0.

Unfortunately it was four on 69 minutes when a failed clearance from a Garforth corner was again swung in deep from Kitson and was met with a inch perfect header by defender Luke McCrum giving Andy Francis no chance.

Clipstone generated half chances but goalkeeper Hagreen commanded his box well and Garforth were again queueing up to score, chances from Hamilton & Donaldson blocked before substitute Simon Poole wasted a chance by smashing over the bar.

The Cobras tired and chances were at a premium for both teams in the final few minutes

Full Time Clipstone FC 0 Garforth Town 4. Attendance 125.

Clipstone now have three away games on the bounce starting in the league cup tie against Penistone Church. Our next home game is at home to Cleethorpes Town Saturday 11th February 3PM.


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# Team Pl Pts
14. Maltby Main 42 54
15. Garforth Town 42 53
16. Clipstone FC 42 49
17. Parkgate FC 42 41
18. Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38
19. Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38
20. Barton Town Old Boys 42 34

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