TEVERSAL FC 0 - 1 CLIPSTONE FC
"518 And Out With A Fluke"
Clipstone had gone 518 days since their last League victory which was also an away victory at Handsworth Parramore on Saturday 18th March 2017, in that game they were 2-1 down but in the 89th minute Gareth Curtis scored his second of the day, then in added on time a Keenan Leeds penalty saw them claim all three points in their last win in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
The Clipstone camp have been through numerous managers, players before Micky Taylor took charge in the summer and has produced a squad that will compete for promotion back to step 5. The rebuilding so much so that 99% of the squad is new for this season. It added for a surreal situation with 4 of the Clipstone starting line-up regulars in the Tevie side last season, add that out of the whole Clipstone squad of 30, there are 13 ex-Teversal players.
The game started off a little cautiously with the early exchanges being pretty even with Clipstone having a couple of free kicks around the penalty area leading to nothing. In return Teversal was looking lively going close from a corner when Tom Laister and Matt Wilkinson getting up with it unclear who had the header that cleared the ball from Danny O'Donnell’s pin point cross.
The host played an intricate passing move down the left with Danny Fullwood driving a low near cross into the near post for Danny Fletcher to ghost across to Taylor to see his effort well saved by Saxby. Clipstone response was to see a Sowter from distance fire a fierce drive that just cleared the Teversal bar.
Just after half hour chances mark at both ends, Declan Jenkins cross found Matt Wilkinson unmarked but headed side, then Toplis picked out Cox timely run who headed powerfully from six yards to be denied by a superb Rio Alberry save.
In the dying minutes of the half desperate defending at the far post saw Vincent head for a corner as Matt Wilkinson looked to open the scoring when he attacked another inviting cross from Declan Jenkins. The resulting corner saw Danny O'Donnell play a short corner with Ben Cartwright before firing an effort in at the near post with Saxby hurrying to uncomfortable parry wide of the goal. The corner wasn't allowed to be taken as the Referee called time on an intriguing first 45 minutes that host edged.
The second period saw Teversal fail to come out and allowed Clipstone to dominate the half, but like in the first period were Teversal dominated, the possession didn’t lead to masses of goal scoring opportunities. The first effort of note for the Cobras came when Tim Gregory unleashed a fierce low drive that Rio Alberry dived full length to his right to push the effort wide of the goal.
Teversal did venture forward and create a few opportunities with one of note when Ben Cartwright rode Jason Gregory's clumsy challenge to fire in a low drive at the near post that Saxby spilled to give away a corner that he demandingly punched to clear the danger.
On 74 minutes Clipstone worked the extra man with Tim Gregory having the time and space to attack to fire an unchallenged effort that forced Rio Alberry into making a routine save. With time ticking away and it clear that if any team was going on to win the game it was the visitors. It was also clear it was going to be something special or a mistake that was going to win it. On 86 minutes Topliss tried the something special option when he picked the ball up on the half way line and saw Rio Alberry in an advanced position so fired an effort over the Keepers head but it just cleared the Teversal bar.
Then came the mistake that allowed Clipstone to put an halt to winless run that no club would want, just like in that last win it took added on time to snatch the winner when Jason Gregory saw his hopeful punt into the Teversal penalty which saw Rio Alberry start to come to collect but then changed his mind and when tracking back slipped with the ball bouncing over the stranded keeper and into top corner to the delight of the Clipstone camp.
Taking that the host dominated the first period and Clipstone the second, a draw could have been seen as a fair result, but it wasn’t and the visitors can argue that they did enough to win it. On this showing both sides if they want to be in the upper echelons of this league they have to offer more than they did in this game, but showed enough to show the potential is there, but can any of them turn the potential into reality?
Next up for Teversal is a couple of road trips against two fancied sides this season, firstly they travel to Kimberley Miners Welfare on Tuesday 21st August with a 7:45pm at the Stag Ground. Then On Saturday the Tevie Boys travel to Radford for a 3:00pm kick off, both games are in the East Midlands Counties League Premier Division.
TEVERSAL; Rio Alberry, Jack Griffiths, Danny O'Donnell, Joel Smith (Lewis Brown 45), Tom Laister, James Travis, Ben Cartwright, Danny Fullwood (Steve Mallinder 75), Danny Fletcher, Declan Jenkins, Matt Wilkinson. Subs Not Used; James Summers, Brett Dodsworth, Gareth Briggs.
CLIPSTONE; Gavin Saxby, Connor Nowaczyk, Blake Vincent, Charlie Taylor, Jason Gregory, Brad Cox, Tim Gregory (Solly Limb 88), Olly Ashton (Dean Rick 72), Mark Carter, Julian Topliss, Steve Sowter. Subs Not Used; Gary Armstrong, Danny Naylor, Charlie Dando.
REFEREE; Kevin Guise ATTENDANCE; 120
MAN OF MATCH; Teversal: James Travis, Clipstone: Brad Cox.
YELLOW CARDS; Teversal: Tom Laister, Danny Fletcher, Declan Jenkins, Clipstone: Brad Cox, Charlie Taylor.
RED CARDS; Teversal: None, Clipstone: None.