Clipstone’s higher league class shone through as they defeated Ruddington Village 2-0 to progress into the semi-finals of the Notts Senior Cup.
The home side, who play at Step Six level, were on the front foot from their start against Ruddington, who play in the step below.
Clipstone had a number of chances cleared off the line in the opening minutes as they peppered the Ruddington goal witwh corners and free-kicks.
Karl Colley, Jamie Smith and Ryan Damms were all unfortunate with their efforts with the Ruddington Village players bravely putting their bodies on the line to keep the scores level.
When Ruddington did manage to get out of their own penalty box, some poor choices in play gave the ball straight back to Clipstone to barrage more pressure on the visitors defense.
Steve Carty and Ash Rawson were running the centre of midfield in their usual way and were ably assisted by Dan Wood and Matty Ord on both wings.
Even when Ruddington did bypass the midfield Clipstone’s back four of Karl Colley, Stu Hill, Brandan Shaw and Rob Paling were all on hand to start the link of forward play.
Dan Wood was a thorn in Ruddington’s side all evening and he thought he had put his side infront with a low strike to the far post, which the visiting keeper just managed to get some part of his hand on with a desperate dive to his right.
From that resulting corner, taken by Rob Paling, Clipstone did have the ball into the back of the net, but it did not count as the referee spotted an infringement on the keeper to deny Jamie Smith.
On 38 minutes Wood was at it again as he danced with grace past three ruddington defenders. His cross was parried into the path of Jamie Smith who blasted the ball into the net and put the hosts 1-0 up.
Again Ruddington were showing their inexperience, giving away silly free kicks all over the pitch.
Clipstone always looked a danger from set pieces, with Karl Colley and Jamie Smith always a danger.
The half-time break gave Ruddington the opportunity to take stock on how far they had come in this competition.
They came out with a real willingness to make this game a spectacle to show they deserved to be in this contest.
They did push forward with some eagerness and stretched the game out, to try and get themselves back into the tie.
They were only allowed long range efforts however as the Clipstone back four stood firm.
Counter attack football by both sides seemed to be the way the game was going. Neither side taking full control.
On 62 minutes Clipstone manager Chris Millington decided to shake things up a little with a double substitution. Dan Wood and Rob Paling making way for Jamie Brown and Callum Mawby.
On 75 minutes their pressure paid off when Brown out witted his opponent and whipped in a cross for Ryan Damms to run onto and smash the ball into goal and double Clipstone’s lead.
That took the wind out of Ruddington a little, but they never gave up, and were a very good advert for their league.