at the WVH Stadium
Clipstone FC (0) 1
Ross Henshaw 50 OG
Shirebrook Town (3) 3
Eden Homer 12
Declan Brewin 22
Sam Dockwray 35
Thankfully all of the conjecture turned out to be 'fake news' and I am happy to report that the Cobras didn't opt to bow out, but wisely decided to dig their heels in and continue to ply their trade in the top flight of the NCEL.
As the eminent philosopher Jaz Coleman once said: Dodge the bullets, or carry the gun, the choice is yours!
Shirebrook had no such problems and swept into a comfortable three goal half time lead, with the kind of collective calm and assurance that would suggest that they are on the verge of good things at Langwith Road this coming season.
Eden Homer opened the scoring, with a snap shot from twenty five yards out after twelve minutes.
Shirebrook took the lead when a burst of pace saw Declan Brewin round the Cobras keeper and roll the ball into an empty net.
Clipstone continued to plug away, but were firing blanks and failed to trouble Gav Saxby, the evergreen Shirebrook keeper.
The second half was far more evenly matched, as the game wound down to it's conclusion, through the pre-season formalities of substitutions and tired legs.
Five minutes after the break, Ross Henshaw did offer Clipstone a glimmer of hope, when he sliced a clearance over his own keepers head, but that mishit strike brought the goal action for the night to an unceremonious end.
Good luck to both sides for the forthcoming season, see you soon.
FT: Clipstone 1 v Shirebrook Town 3
|Clipstone's work experience lads from the|
Mansfield Town youth team, watch on