Saturday, 29 March 2014

Clipstone FC 2-0 Shirebrook Town

Venue: The Worksop Van Hire Stadium, Clipstone, Nottinghamshire

Competition: Northern Counties East League Division One

Clipstone - Ely, Paling, Leggitt, Bough, Austin, Camm, Hillier, Carty, Wisdom, Watson, Jackson

Shirebrook - Andrews, Simpson, Hanson, Hall, Henshaw, Wankiewicz, Zeuener, Getliff, Moxam, Bradley, Booth.

Adam Wisdom (57), Rob Paling (pen 63)

Programme donated by Heanor Town FC (thanks Scott Ward)!

Talk about a game of two halves! Shirbrook should have been home and hosed by the interval, but failed to convert any of the multitude of chances they created.

Leave it alone, Ref!!

We spent the first half in the company of Shirebrook Ambassador Dave Spencer - he was as nonplussed as we were that his team couldn't find the back of the net. 

Aaron Moxam should have opened the scoring on 11, but fired wide when it looked easier to score. Danny Booth tried his luck from 20 yards in the 23rd minute, and although Clipstone keeper Ed Ely couldn't quite get to the effort, the ball flew just past the outside of his post. 

Moxam just wide

Ely covers his post

Jason Bradley headed over on 33, then two minutes later Steve Wankiewicz emulated the striker. Mind you, these two headers were nowhere near as off target as Rob Austin's on 40 - the defender rose well enough, but still managed to send the ball way over the bar. H-T 0-0

Austin way off target

Clipstone had to thank keeper Ely early in the second half, the keeper doing really well to tip over Moxam's superb drive. From the corner, Wankiewicz had a free header at the far stick, but once again the radar was slightly off and the ball flew wide.

Ely tips over

Wankiewicz heads over

Clipstone were looking a little more dangerous as the half progressed, and went ahead through ADAM WISDOM on 57. The striker was left unmarked as the ball was played through from the midfield, and he raced towards goal before slotting calmly past Sam Andrews.

Wisdom beats Andrews

Clipstone fans celebrate

6 minutes later Andrews saw red after he blocked Keiren Watson in the box as he was played in on goal. It was a  definite case of preventing an obvious goal scoring chance, and Referee Mr. Lee Freeman had little option other than to send the keeper off.

Wankiewicz took the gloves and within seconds was picking the ball out of the net after ROB PALING beat him from the spot.

Shirebrook looked leggy as they struggled with 10 men, and it was something of a surprise that Clipstone failed to add to their tally. F-T 2-0

Admission: £2 (concession)
Attendance: 145
Programme: £1 (thanks Scott)

Scott Ward and Brett Marshall -(radio stars)!