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Cobras punished for a slow start to season

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC v Clipstone FC
Kimberley Miners Welfare FC v Clipstone FC

Clipstone manager Micky Taylor admitted his side’s first match in the East Midlands Counties League — a 3-1 defeat at Kimberley Welfare — was a reality check after a successful pre-season.

“We have only just got together and this is a new set of lads,” he said.

“But you can’t give teams a two-goal start in the first 20 minutes.

After that we controlled the game and they never looked like scoring in the second half, apart from the scrambled goal.”

Clipstone man-of-the-match Charlie Taylor headed over before Isaac Minott’s fortunate ricochet broke the deadlock in the 11th minute.

In the 20th minute the Cobras missed an excellent chance to equalise when a Danny Naylor free kick found Steve Sowter unmarked, but he headed wide.

Jordan Alls headed the hosts further in front midway through the first period .

Substitute Dean Rick and Tim Gregory went close just before half-time to giving he visitors a lifeline.

They got back into the match, however, six minutes into the second period when captain Jason Gregory headed home a Danny Naylor free kick.

The Cobras then dominated but failed to create a clear-cut chance, and were punished when Lee Williamson slammed in.