Maximum points for Clipstone on first trip to Thackley

Clipstone's Chris Salt - man of the match at Thackley.
Clipstone's Chris Salt - man of the match at Thackley.

Clipstone won 2-0 in their first ever league game at Thackley thanks to a goal in each half on Saturday.

The result extended their unbeaten NCEL Division One run to five matches and left them eighth.

Cobras’ boss Jas Colliver said that he felt that his team controlled the game and prevented Thackley from having any outright chances. Overall the manager saw it as a good result away from home with three influential players missing.

Colliver was forced to make several changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Handsworth Parramore in midweek with Jahmal Smith injured and several other regulars unavailable.

The game saw a first appearance of the season for midfielder Pat Lindley, returning after an ankle injury picked up in a pre-season game.

Lindley, playing his first competitive game for four months, had a very good hour before being substituted.

Clipstone took the lead after some neat build up play on the left hand side between Michael Trench, Liam Royles and Alec Denton.

The ball was crossed deep to the back post and Thackley keeper Tyler D’cruz attempted to punch the ball away. It fell into the path of full back Brad Jones who was in full flight and calmly met the ball on the half-volley and fired it into the roof of the net.

The Cobras scored a well-deserved second goal four minutes before the end of the game after dominating possession for long spells of the second half.

Substitute Dexter Atkinson took on the full back before playing the ball inside to fellow substitute Ollie Ryan, who opened his body up to set up strike partner Alec Denton.

The Cobras’ top scorer still had plenty to do and made a driving forward run into the box before slotting the ball past D’cruz and covering defenders on the goal line.

The goal takes Denton into double figures for the season.

Man of the Match award from the travelling Clipstone supporters was awarded to central defender Chris Salt, who had an excellent second half, with Sam Finlaw and Alec Denton also contenders.

After the game it was announced that Finlaw had signed for EvoStik Premier outfit Mickleover Sports - a great move for the talented midfielder.

Clipstone now have two consecutive home games against Pickering Town tonight (Tuesday, 7.45pm) and Garforth Town on Saturday (3pm).

CLIPSTONE: Hernandez , Jones, Trench, Paling (Atkinson 63), Salt, Magee, Royles, Finlaw, Sibenge (Ryan 74), Lindley (Hall 58), Denton. Subs not used: McAllister, Francis.