FA Cup joy for resilient Cobras

Somes celebrates for Clipstone in the FA Cup
Somes celebrates for Clipstone in the FA Cup

Clipstone are through to the first round qualifying in the FA Cup, thanks to an Adam Somes strike that downed fellow NCEL side Cleethorpes Town.

The Cobras withstood sustained pressure from their visitors on Saturday, and showed resilience to eventually win the tie 1-0.

There was a minute’s silence before the game in memory of Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt – the two Worthing United players killed in the Shoreham air crash.

Cleethorpes had the better of the first half but found the Clipstone defence, superbly organised once again by Damian Magee, in fine form.

Andy Francis, who made his debut in goal as Steve Hernandez was unavailable, had a good game behind his back four.

Cleethorpes’ main threat was Jon Oglesby down the right and they also looked dangerous from set pieces with captain, Darren Hanslip, twice heading over from corners.

The hosts constructed a good move on 16 minutes, which involved Alex Nightingale and Sam Finlaw, and full-back Jordan Hodder eventually ran into the box and set up Nightingale whose shot was blocked for a corner.

At the other end Danny Trott had a couple of half chances but was denied by good work by Jamie McAllister and Andy Francis.

Cobras’ Liam Royles played in Liam Nelthorpe and the latter appeared to be fouled as he got in a shot that ex-Hull City goalkeeper Jody Barford saved.

Play moved to the other end and Marc Cooper beat Magee on the right but McAllister was well-placed to block the cross.

In the second half the home side slowly started to become the dominant side.

Liam Royles set up Jahmal Smith whose cross hit a defender’s heels and forced Barford into a low save.

On the hour Somes and Jack Hall replaced Nelthorpe and Finlaw, adding aerial ability.

Within a minute of coming on, a Somes’ header had created a chance for Jahmal Smith and Barford came 15 yards out of his goal to clear the danger

Rob Paling then replaced the injured Nightingale and Clipstone began to win the key midfield battles with James Ashmore prominent.

On 70 minutes Royles had the vision to spot Jones down the right and picked him out with a great pass.

The Cobras full-back did well to control and attack the space despite appearing to be fouled.

Jones then burst forward with the ball before picking out Somes who moved into the area and coolly beat Barford from 10 yards.

The last 20 minutes of the game saw play move from end to end but Clipstone’s defence stood firm and mainly restricted the visitors to long range shots that did not trouble Francis, who had to make one save at the feet of substitute Louis Grant.

Clipstone: Francis, Jones, Hodder, Nelthorpe (Somes 59) , McAllister, Magee, Smith, Finlaw (Hall 59), Nightingale (Paling 63), Ashmore, Royles

Unused substitutes: James Colliver, James Broome (GK)

Bookings: None

Clipstone Man of the Match: Jamie McAllister