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Cliffe line up before kick off

 Markley remains an awesome presence for Cliffe


Stamford AFC Club Shop

 

Kings Cliffe FC

3

Netherton United Res

1

Ryan Broughton

 

Lawrence Acosta

 

Carl Burrows

     

Ben Watkins

     

 


by Bob Feetham

 

Good goalkeepers account for a fair number of points across the course of a season.


Outstanding Cliffe skipper and clubman Stu Markley is one of those - a fact underlined yet again on Saturday

Man of the Match 

 

Stu Markley

Stu Markley wins my Man of the Match vote on the back of crucial stops at key moments of the match - particularly that first half worldie. He also stamps his influence as captain - a recurring theme for the Cliffe stopper. He has been a key part of the club since he joined over four years ago, playing 119 games during that time. In each of the last three seasons, he has made the most appearances - sharing one with Carl Burrows - and leads the way this winter.

 

12 - 2012/13 the season he joined

31 - 2013/14

29 - 2014/15

29 - 2015/16

18 - 2016/17 So far

when he produced an accomplished performance against a Netherton side not lacking in application.

 

Along with his vocal strength, he made his presence felt at crucial times, particularly as Netherton sought a way back at 2-0 down, Markley's  afternoon highlighted by an absolute 'worldie' late in the first half. A goal then and it might have been different.

 

Netherton's Fransua Bathia had just struck the post via a thunderous free kick and Liam Oliver-Smith's follow up blast looked a goal all the way until Markley miraculously turned it behind for a corner. Almost immediately, he expertly tipped away an inswinging corner as Patrik Biros closed ominously. 

 

They were crucial moments because Netherton always had the quality to make it difficult if they found a way back into the game, something they did on 75 minutes only for Cliffe to poach a third and quash any visiting hopes of a draw with just four minutes remaining.

 

A heavy, skiddy surface wasn't the best introduction to New Year football for players who had doubtless sampled a surplus of Christmas pud. But credit to them all.

 

For Cliffe, I was impressed by centre back Sam Mumford, who always had time on the ball, read the game well and kept it simple; astonished by Ryan Broughton, who scored a goal and produced remarkable bursts of speed; and full of sympathy for Neal Lattimore who carried on after blocking a full blooded drive which appeared to strike amid the family jewels! Ouch!

 

For Netherton, I was impressed with the distribution of Kenny Wheatland, the total commitment of Justice Glover - and the good footballing attitude of everyone in their team. They have it in them to win more than they lose.

 

Real difference here, apart from Markley, was that Cliffe pocketed their chances and then produced nine determined blocks in a sound defensive display to deny their visitors.

 

Netherton gave an early scare when a corner bounced between a couple of defenders but Biros volleyed over.

 

Gary Hayes

Hayes makes triumphant return

 

Cliffe boss Louis McAllister was delighted to see Gary Hayes make a triumphant return after 10 months out with a serious knee injury which had threatened to end his career.

 

"It was touch and go," explained Louis. "But he has worked very hard with the physio and it was good to get him some game time on Saturday. He's been with us for at least ten years and is a good guy to have in the dressing room."




Cliffe then showed how it should be done when Hayden Freeman, always prepared to run at defenders,  laid on a great pass for Richard Hingston to win a corner. In came Freeman's cross and Ben Watkins, cool as a cucumber, controlled and  took careful aim into the top right hand corner for his fifth in eight games.

 

It was 2-0 14 minutes later when Cliffe scored a really smart goal. Carl Burrows fired in a free kick from the centre circle, Lattimore touched it on and the indefatigable Broughton thumped home from close range.  

 

A lot of defensive work for Cliffe second half and a worry when Lawrence Acosta finally got Netherton on the scoresheet - but Carl Burrows popped up in the Netherton area to seal the points after Liam Noble spilled the ball. Tough on the keeper who had just previously made a great save off Freeman.

 

Cliffe boss Louis McAllister commented: "We looked as though we had enjoyed a long Christmas. They were probably the better team and we had to work hard for the win. Stu (Markley) won  crucial moments for us."

 

Cliffe are at home again this Saturday when they entertain Peterborough Polonia.

 

CLIFFE: Stuart Markley, Ryan Jones, Matt Black, Sam Mumford, Carl Burrows, Neal Lattimore, Richard Hingston, Ryan Broughton, Tom Lees, Ben Watkins, Hayden Freeman. Subs used: Matt Sewell, Gary Hayes, Mark Ross. Sub not used: Louis McAllister.

 

NETHERTON: Liam Noble, Kenan Kama, Mark Wilde, Marc Davies (c), Chris Wright, Kenny Wheatland, Justice Glover, Patrik Biros, Liam Oliver Smith, Fransua Bathia, Lawrence Acosta. Sub: Ian Abbott.

 

Referee Watch

Thanks to referee Andrew Bates who officiated as he always does - with authority but a sense of humour. He will always explain his decisions if asked, a fact appreciated by players. No one was booked and only once did someone come remotely close to a yellow. That was because of the man in black! Andrew is a real common sense official.

 

Cliffe

Match Stats

Netherton

     

13

Total Shots

20

9

Shots On Target

4

2

Shots Off Target

7

2

Shots Blocked

9

8

Free Kicks

15

5

Corners

6

3

Offside

4

0

Yellow Cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

 

Peterborough and District League

Division One

 

   

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Moulton Harrox Res

16

15

1

0

74

10

64

46

2

Sutton Bridge United FC

15

11

3

1

65

22

43

36

3

Whittlesey Athletic Res

18

9

2

6

52

29

23

32*

4

Wittering Harriers FC

18

8

5

4

47

40

7

32*

5

Warboys Town FC

12

9

2

1

50

18

32

29

6

Glinton & Northborough FC

17

9

1

7

60

37

23

26*

7

Long Sutton Athletic FC

18

6

5

7

52

49

3

23

8

Oundle Town FC

17

6

4

7

51

41

10

22

9

Stamford Belvedere FC

18

6

3

9

41

46

-5

21

10

Kings Cliffe FC

16

7

0

9

37

45

-8

21

11

Peterborough Polonia FC

17

6

1

10

32

36

-4

19

12

Netherton United Res

16

5

4

7

28

45

-17

19

13

Riverside FC

17

5

3

9

36

56

-20

18

14

Oakham United Reserve

17

7

1

8

41

41

0

16*

15

Baston FC

15

3

0

12

21

75

-54

9

16

Spalding United Res

17

0

1

15

8

105

-97

0*


Published: 10/01/2017





 
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