Clipstone fightback from three down to draw at Eccleshill United


Clipstone came from 3-0 down after 25 minutes to draw 3-3 away at Eccleshill United with Rob Paling, Steve Carty and Liam Pride striking to seal a superb fightback.

Clipstone made three changes to Tuesday’s starting line up with Brandon Shaw returning and Steve Carty starting for the first time this season along with the news that AFC Mansfield’s 32 goal man from last season Carl Haslam had joined the club on the eve of the game and would be starting.

James Leggitt was unavailable with Jamie Tryner and Ian Hillier dropping to the bench.

Clipstone created two great chances in the first 10 minutes with Pete Stubley heading over from three yards out and Haslam turning the home side’s right-back inside out before seeing his shot saved by the feet of the goalkeeper.

Clipstone were to rue the missed chances with Eccleshill’s leading marksman Marcus Edwards firing home a superb free kick after Rob Paling’s initial foul on 10 minutes.

It looked like a big collapse was on the cards with Eccleshill scoring twice in the 20th and 21st minutes through Drake Trease.

Clipo needed to react and, just like in midweek, Stubley was upended in the box allowing Paling conver from the spot on 28 minutes.

Clipstone had several more good chances before half-time with Haslam again going close before Liam Pride was brilliantly thwarted by the home side’s keeper.

But it was game on after 35 minutes when Steve Carty grabbed a second on the volley from Stubley’s cross.

Eccleshill should have extended their lead at the start of the second-half with their best move of the game, but the chance was wasted.

And it proved to be very costly when Pride levelled the game in the 88th minute with a header from a Hillier corner at the far post that evaded everyone.

Clipstone: Parker, Paling, Shaw, Austin, Pride, Armstrong, (Tryner), Carty, Millington, Bramwell, (Hillier), Stubley, Haslam. Subs not used: Lloyd, Webster, Taylor.