Clipstone maintain title hopes to heap further misery on Teversal

CUPS of cheer for local trio.
CUPS of cheer for local trio.

Daniel Wood’s third minute goal wrapped up a 1-0 win at Teversal as Clipstone maintained their title hopes.

The derby win leaves Clipstone just two behind NCEL Division One leaders AFC Emley, but with three games in hand.

But the defeat further heightened the misery for Teversal, who have won just one of their last 13 matches to break a club record for their worst sequence of results in the NCEL.

It was not a great game of football as strong winds made it difficult for both sides to entertain the 101 fans.

Clipstone took the lead when Rob Paling’s set piece picked out Wood who volleyed past Teversal keeper Ryan Brooks.

Clipstone were having large amounts of possession as the hosts struggled with the conditions.

When Teversal did stride into the Clipstone half Karl Colley and Stu Hill were mopping up everything played through the middle.

Clipstone nearly doubled their lead on 20 minutes when Dan Wood fired a dipping effort just over the bar after a superb counter-attack.

Teversal had a great chance to cause the Clipstone defenders some problems on 30 minutes, but a terrible cross let the Cobras off the hook and Stu Hill cleared the danger.

Just before half time Teversal had an even better chance of leveling the scores when Bradley Cox was ruled to have been fouled by Karl Colley in the box.

But Dave Cockerill blazed the spot kick against the cross bar.

The second half was a rather dull affair and, on 70 minutes, Jamie Smith flicked on with his head for Ryan Damms who narrowly missed the left post with the keeper beaten.

Five minutes later Smith was in the thick of the action once again as he saw a shot deflected wide for a corner..

Just before the final whistle Matty Ord curled just wide of goal after he beat three Teversal defenders following a terrific run on the left wing.

Clipstone survived the rest of the game with no scores as they wrapped up another vital three points.