AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Cheer at last for CLIPSTONE!
The club have gone such a long time waiting for their first competitive win and it came in their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay on Tuesday evening. And what a way to do it! Barton Town Old Boys, thought by some the favourites for the Northern Counties East League Premier Division title this season, looked odds-on to progress to the next stage of the world’s most famous cup competition having ground out a goal-less draw at the Lido Ground on Saturday against a team which have gone almost a year without a competitive win.
It didn’t look good for the Clippy boys. Everything was against them, including the long journey to the Humberside outpost. And it didn’t get any better when Will Waudby put the home side in front after a mere three minutes.
Two goals in a minute towards the end of the first half spelled more trouble for the visitors as first Gareth Barlow on 35 minutes and then Donald Chimolilo two minutes later sent the Marsh Lane crowd of 136 into a mood of expectancy of a second half goal rush.
Enter Tim Gregory, four minutes before the break, with a goal to pull the interval score back to 3-1. It was followed in the second half with a three goals in 19 minute spell as Clipstone took the game by the scruff of the neck and completed a remarkable recovery.
Mark Carter’s 13-minute brace on 63 and 76 minutes brought the tie back to where it started – all square. James Munson completed the victory roll with the winner eight minutes from the end to not only give Clipstone a first competitive win, but put them through to the next round of the competition and give them a financial boost as well with the FA Cup money for the winners.