Clipstone suffer 5-2 loss in high scoring encounter.
Hemsworth 5 Clipstone 2 with goals from Gareth Curtis & Keaton Ward
The Cobras slipped to defeat at The MDC Stadium, as Hemsworth Miners Welfare left North Yorkshire with all three points on Saturday.
Goals from Bill Law, Richard Collier & a Hat-trick from Nicholas Guest saw Hemsworth improve their home form in the NCEL Premier League, as Clipstone struggled to find a way of breaching well organised opposition.
Clipstone Boss Ian Cotton made four changes, with Luke Randle returning to the first team while Cottee gave debuts to Keaton Ward, Jake Eggington & Harry Burcumshaw.
The Cobras enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening exchanges and Gareth Curtis found himself free on goal but found the angle too tight to slip the ball into the open net.
In the 9th Minute Curtis again was causing Hemsworth some trouble with a driving run through the middle of the park, his pass fell perfectly into the run of Keaton Ward who side-footed the ball from the edge of the box straight into the top corner of the goal giving Clipstone a excellent 1-0 lead.
Against well organised and resolute opponents, the Cobras defence were unlocked for the first time after a great cross from the left wing found the ever dangerous Bill Law who saw his header brilliant parried over the crossbar by Clipstone stopper Andy Francis. From the resulting corner Hemsworth tried a different tactic playing the ball to the edge of the box which found Samuel Jones’ fierce strike saved again by Francis.
It took until the 31st Minute for Hemsworth to break the deadlock after Striker Nicholas Guest found himself 1 on 1 in on goal and slipped the ball past the keeper Francis. 1-1
Hemsworth took momentum from the goal and only 5 minutes later saw some good link up play between the two strikers, this time it was Bill Law who only had keeper Andy Francis to beat and slotted home calmly. 2-1
Half Time 2-1.
Hemsworth started the second half as they ended the first and only 2 minutes in Richard Collier dance through the Clipstone defence but his shot rebounded straight of the post and the Cobras managed to clear the danger.
Gareth Curtis again tested the Hemsworth defence down the right flank and managed to push the whole team forward with a great run resulting in a corner. His dangerous corner found Captain Ben Rogers who managed to shoot wide eventually not trouble Sam Leigh in goal.
Hemsworth continued to force the issue and again a deep cross from right wing found Richard Collier who took the ball stylishly out of the air and slotted home after a unfortunate slip from Jake Eggington. 3-1.
Three minutes later Hemsworth again found themselves in on goal through what seemed a offside position, however the linesman kept his flag down and Striker Guest took his time to line his shot up and fire past Francis to make it 4-1.
Boss Cottee recognised the team were tiring and made a double change, with Tim Gregory and Max Curzon replacing Leeds & Rogers.
The changes however didn’t stop a high intensity Hemsworth side from making it 5-1 after another one on one opportunity fell for Guest who duly obliged and scored his third of the game after 70 minutes.
Clipstone refused to give in though, despite that blow, they stood by their principles and put some good passing moves together, but despite growing back into the game Hemsworths back line stood strong.
The watch was ticking but there was time for one last goal in the 89th minute after a positive run from Harry Burcumshaw was checked in the box and left the referee no option but to give a penalty. Gareth Curtis stood up and slotted home into the bottom right of the goalkeeper. 5-2.
Full Time Hemsworth Miners Welfare 5 Clipstone 2.
Clipstone will face two old faces in Joe Austin & Sam Forster when they face Maltby Main in a weeks time before we welcome F.A. Quarter Finalists and high flying table toppers Cleethorpes Town on Saturday 11th February 3PM.