Clipstone impress in away win
A brace from Sam Forster sandwiched between goals from George Milner and Nathan Forbes secured a second consecutive win for Clipstone following a 4-2 victory at Armthorpe Welfare.
Due to fixtures being re-arranged, this was Clipstone’s first away game for four weeks and they were seeking to improve their recent league record of one win in six.
The visitors were quickly out of the traps and they created three chances in the first five minutes.
However the Cobras had a wake up call on six minutes when a free kick for Armthorpe was only half cleared and centre back Jack Waldron was first to the ball and his shot came back off the post as the referee waved away appeals for off-side.
Clipstone deservedly took the lead in the tenth minute when Josh Nodder beat three defenders and unselfishly squared the ball to George Milner who applied the finishing touch from six yards.
Sam Forster missed an excellent chance to extend the lead after 18 minutes when a 30 yard cross field ball from Milner found the pacey winger in space.
He took two touches before shooting but Armthorpe ‘keeper Adam Stevens got a hand to the shot and the loose ball was headed clear by Gibbons.
However Forster made amends eight minutes later when a latched on to a great long pass from Andrew Fox, cut inside and scored from just inside the box.
The Cobras should have taken the game by the scruff of the neck at this point but instead they let their hosts back in when Regan Edridge fouled Radford in the area and the same player scored from the resulting spot kick.
After a slow start to the second period, Clipstone restored their two-goal advantage on 59 minutes when Forster scored.
With seven minutes remaining Armthorpe’s Craig Aspinall took advantage of static defending to beat three defenders and scramble the ball into the empty net.
Clipstone however are developing a resilient streak and they restored their two goal advantage one minute later when a Nodder cross from the right was superbly finished by Forbes, who chested the ball down and volleyed into the roof of the net.