Dave Hoole not getting carried away as Clipstone make it three league wins in a row
Clipstone boss Dave Hoole is refusing to get carried away after the Cobras made it three league wins in a row.
Substitute Mitch Mullins hit the only goal of the game in the 73 minute as Clipstone edged past Kimberley.
But Hoole insists his troops will be simply focusing on the next game ahead.
“We are not getting in front of ourselves and taking in one game at a time,” he said. “We knew this would be a tough game against a tough team and I thought we were outstanding.
"Kimberley were in the same boat as we were last season with bringing young lads in.
"They are a good footballing side with not much missing from them to be really competing in this league.
“Our experience made the difference. Last year was a big turning point for the club with how we played football, our ethos and an understanding of who we were bringing in.
“We had glimpses of how we could play, we just lacked experience and we have that now.
“We are looking a real competitive side right now and playing good football. Kimberley will take points off teams and I think we deserved it today.
"All our back five were oustanding, so I am really pleased.
" It was a good goal to win it. We told Mitch there was space to get forward and he read it very well.”
Clipstone made two changes from Tuesday’s home victory over Dunkirk with Chris Smith and Chib Chilaka returning in place of Lewis Warwick and Jack Warwick.
Richard Williams brought two saves out of a Kimberley ‘keeper Luca Wagstaff inside the first 25 minutes as Clipstone looked bright.
Josh Pickering had a shot saved on 46 minutes, before Mullins smacked a shot against the post four minutes later after he was put clear by Chib Chilaka.
But he made no mistake with 17 minutes to go when he got on the end of Jack Warwick pass before slotting home.
Kimberley went in search of a leveller in the final 15 minutes but were unable to force Monty Parkes into a save.
The Cobras’ next game is at home to Borrowash Victoria on Saturday 3rd October.