Clipstone take a point and a drenching against high-flying Handsworth

Clipstone battle on in the downpour last night.
Clipstone battle on in the downpour last night.

Clipstone deservedly took a point against high-flying Handsworth Parramore in a pulsating Toolsport Northern Counties East League Premier Division 2-2 draw, the last five minutes of which were played in a heavy downpour last night.

Trailing 1-0 at half time through a Colin Marrison strike, the Cobras fought their way back into the match when Alec Denton won and converted a penalty after 63 minutes.

They fell behind for the second time on 66 minutes when Simon Harrison scored from close range before levelling through a superb James Ashmore half-volley from the edge of the area with 14 minutes left.

Clipstone dominated the remainder of the game and came close on a number of occasions.

After the match, Clipstone manager Jas Colliver said that he felt the second half performance from his team was outstanding and that the players demonstrated real character.

Reflecting on James Ashmore’s strike he said: “James is technically one of the most gifted players in the NCEL.”

Clipstone are now in eighth place in the league with 19 points from 11 games.