Match Reports

B TeamvsRetainers Res
Saturday January 22 2022
Result; Clifton St. Vincent’s 1 -2 Retainers

The B’s returned to action having dropped points the previous week and were determined to get back on track. Retainers had beaten the B’s earlier in the season to record the only defeat to date for the B’s in the league.

The game began with a nervousness about both sides, testing each other’s back line with the long high ball. Some half chances fell to Carvell and Chailett respectively who both saw shots from the edge of the area safely into the arms of the Retainers GK.

A blow to the B team early on saw Finney roll his ankle and was forced to depart the game after only 15 mins.

On the half hour the B’s pressed forward and Stanleigh picked up the ball wide on the left wing. He played the ball in field to Ellett who saw Stanleigh continue his run into the box played it back to him. Stanleigh carried it a few more yards before squaring the ball back to Carvell who swept it home with his left foot for a very well worked goal.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 1 – 0 Retainers

Retainers to their credit increased their effort and work rate and weren’t about to roll over. Mansfield was putting himself about , and there were certainly some questionable tackles which the B’s felt frustrated by with no resulting free kicks.

The new pairing of Stock and Pearce at CB were dealing well with the long ball and full backs Lopez-Bland and Stewart were getting plenty of the ball. With only 2 mins to see the half out, Retainers sent a ball into the channel where (arguably their stand out player) received the ball and turned his afterburners on, cutting inside and squaring to his team mate who finished from close range.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 1-1 Retainers

Halftime came and went, and new signing Sam Kay joined the fold.

Kay looked more than comfortable alongside his new team mates and the B’s went searching for a much-needed goal. Todd and Ellett both saw some pin ball goal mouth scrambles from B’s corners , where their shots inside the box just couldn’t get passed the wall of white/green shirts.

Just as it felt like the B’s were starting to dominate, a long ball from Retainers saw their pacey forward yet again cause the Vincent’s backline problems. He outpaced Vincent’s and got into a one on one with Cooper who to his credit made a great save from the first shot, but saw the ball cruelly bounce favourably to the retainers forward who side footed into the net.

Clifton St Vincent’s 1 -2 Retainers.

This seemed to kill the belief somewhat and the urgency and intensity required to get back into this game just didn’t seem to be there. The B’s managed to carve out a couple of half chances but just couldn’t find that ‘clear cut’ chance. Retainers to be fair sat deep after their goal and had all but one of their lads behind the ball, sensing that one goal was going to be enough ….and sadly for the B team it was.

The final whistle came and it saw Retainers do the double over the B team , and really put a huge dent into the B’s title aspirations. Still tons of points to play for, but the B’s will need an almighty result against favourites Phoenix Downs next week if they are to keep their title hopes alive.

MoM – Popular choices this week were Stock/Mansfield & Stanleigh, with Stanleigh getting most votes.
Line up –A Cooper, M Lopez-Bland, T Stock , J Pearce , J Stewart, M Stanleigh, M Chailett , L Finney, S Ellett , P Mansfield , M Carvell, R Todd, S Kay
B TeamvsSneyd B's
Saturday January 15 2022
Result; 2-2

The B team faced none other than the old enemy in the first game of 2022 after a long Xmas break from football. Sneyd were clearly up for it, warming up in a disciplined manner and shouting at each other lots. The game started in a frantic manner with high tempo end to end action. It was clear and obvious that this Sneyd line up was superior to the one that the B’s beat on the opening game of the season. Half chances fell to both teams and there was certain nervousness about Vincent’s. The Xmas break seemed to have knocked the momentum out of the B’s and there was lethargy about their approach.
A fierce shot from McIntosh mid-way through the half saw an excellent save from the Sneyd GK, tipping it over the bar. The B’s keeper Cooper was not in for a quiet afternoon either and was busy rushing out to collect the long ball which was clearly Sneyd’s modus operandi. Just as the half was coming to a close, another long ball into the box saw the Sneyd forward jump quickest and highest to nod the ball past the oncoming Cooper.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 0 - 1 Sneyd.

The half-time pep talk was blunt and to the point. The B’s title challenge was under threat and a defeat would give the other teams at the top a big advantage.
The B’s came back out determined to turn the game around but were faced with a stubborn Sneyd who had no intention of giving an inch. It was turning into a very competitive contest. Just as Vincent’s felt they were gaining some dominance Sneyd repeated their forte, another long high cross into the box saw their big forward nod the ball past Cooper.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 0 – 2 Sneyd.

Heads dropped and belief disappeared. Moments later Vincent’s presented Sneyd two glorious opportunities to make it 3 with some woeful back passes in their own final third, but neither gift was accepted.
Just as it seemed there wasn’t a way back, a through ball from Pearce ran through the Sneyd defence and Carvell (in an offside position) lifted his arms to the heavens to indicate he wasn’t making any attempt for the ball, and Mcintosh was quickest to read this, sprinting through passed the Sneyd defence. He still had much to do and with a sweeping strike with the outside of the right boot he lofted the ball over the keeper into the top corner. A lovely finish and game on!!

Clifton St. Vincent’s 1 – 2 Sneyd game on!

This seemed to be finally the wake-up call that the B team had needed all afternoon. Suddenly there was an urgency and a desire that had been needed all along. Players looked hungrier for the ball and sensed there was time to come back into the game. Only 5-10 minutes later, another attack sent Carvell into the box. His powerful shot was blocked by the GK but rolled out at pace where Stanleigh was first to react and coolly side footed his shot into the corner.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 2 – 2 Sneyd

The B’s were jubilant and with 10 mins still to play the scene was set for a nail-biting finale.
It was end to end stuff in the last part of the game which saw a cross/shot from Carvell beat the keeper, hit the underside of the bar and down and away. Moments later Sneyd sent a cross into the box to an unmarked forward who glanced his head wide when for all the world it looked easier to score. The final whistle meant the spoils were shared. Was it a point gained or two dropped for Vincent’s when it comes to their title aspirations? Time will tell.
A big thanks should be noted for Referee Richard Sawyer who turned up at the pitch offering his services when he saw no ref had been allocated to the fixture. Some cracking decisions throughout the match.

MoM– Popular choices this week were Finney / Carvell / McIntosh, however the award goes to McIntosh with 6 votes.

Line up – A Cooper, M Lopez-Bland, T Stock, T Downes, J Pearce, M Stanleigh, J McCollough, L Finney, C McIntosh, M Carvell, K Mooney, J Stewart, R Todd
First TeamvsBohemia
Saturday December 11 2021
Result, Clifton St. Vincent’s 2 – 1 Bohemia

Clifton started the game determined to continue where their victory the previous week left off. The conditions on the day had settled nicely although the cold meant everyone had to keep moving. Clifton started the game seemingly in control, throwing attack after attack at them with a few half chances carved out here and there. Unfortunately they lacked that perfect final ball to really finish it off.

It seemed like all the hard work had paid off however when Will Mitchell converted a lovely cross from Marsden Murison only for the linesman to rule out the goal as he adjudged it to have crossed the line before Marsden crossed the ball.

Bohemia defended well and even carved out a few chances of their own, but nothing too serious to test stand in keeper Ross Blackman, who was seeing to have a comfortable day in the office even chipping the ball over their strikers head at one point.

Disaster struck for Bohemia when their keeper clattered into Seamus Nickless-Mooney, with the referee pointing to the spot without hesitation. Unfortunately for Clifton Seamus would miss the resulting penalty making it 5 in a row missed but he would manage to convert the rebound making it 1-0 to Clifton.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 1 – 0 Bohemia

With Clifton now fully in the driving seat they began to pile more and more pressure onto the Bohemia defence which would lead to Nik Dahnawoor converting Aineias Arango’s cross to make it 2-0.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 2 – 0 Bohemia

A screamer from Bohemia would catch everyone off guard and leave the final 10 minutes very tense as Clifton held on to a deserved 3 points.

Line up : Ross Blackman, Nick O'Hara, Will Mitchell, Andrew Kevern, Ashley Reeve, Stuart Gardner Dyf Davies, Marsden Murison, Toby Burn, Nik Dahnawoor Sol Ayunga. Subs : Seamus Mooney, Aineias Arango, Paul Davies.

MoM : Stuart Gardner
B TeamvsRacing Mouse
Saturday December 11 2021
Result; Clifton St. Vincent’s 6 – 0 Racing Mouse

The B’s returned to League action keen to keep their winning run going. It was a calm winters afternoon on the Downs and conditions were decent for a game.

As hoped the B’s came out of the blocks with lots of energy and high tempo carving open a handful of good chances early on. Hornby sliding two very presentable chances to McIntosh which weren’t converted. However, soon after Hornby again slid a pass in behind and this time McIntosh outpaced the defender to get in a one on one position and sent a lovely shot into the far corner.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 1-0 Racing Mouse

The B’s continued to press and soon found themselves 2 goals to the good when a corner was half cleared and Finney’s shot was fumbled and split by the keeper allowing Stock to react quickest and smash in from close range.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 2-0 Racing Mouse

The game was halted numerous times for certain Clifton St. Vincent’s players (mainly McIntosh) to sort laces out much to the frustration of Racing Mouse.

The backline of Lopez-Bland, Stock, Pearce, Stewart were dealing with any occasional Racing Mouse threat and the B’s continued to press.

Soon after Finney’s lobbed through ball should have been dealt with by the Racing Mouse GK but he came rushing out and flapped at the ball missing it completely and Chailett pounced on the opportunity and tapped into an empty net.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 3 - 0 Racing Mouse

Just before half-time Racing Mouse created a rare opening and their forward managed to get in front of the Clifton St. Vincent’s centre backs and rounded Cooper only to be brought down inside the box. The vast majority were expecting a penalty to be awarded (including most of the Bs), but to their relief the referee said no.

Half-time came and went with the obligatory ‘next goal is massive lads’, and the B’s came out in search of more goals.

The first 10-15 mins were however in Racing Mouse’s favour and they were using a long ball approach into their forward to try and create problems for the Vincent’s defence. In fact Racing Mouse soon had an absolute sitter which thankfully was blasted over the bar from 6 yards out!

A lovely counter attack from the B’s however saw an exchange of several passes resulting in McIntosh squaring to Stanleigh inside the area who’s shot became more of a pass and found Ellet at the far past to smash it in.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 4 - 0 Racing Mouse

This sparked the B’s into life and they went on to dominate the rest of the half. A lovely cross from McCollough found Wilson on the run inside the area who planted a firm header into the back of the net

Clifton St. Vincent’s 5 - 0 Racing Mouse

There was still time for more and some neat play from Vincent’s saw a ball fizzed into the box for Hornby to try his luck. The ball was blocked but rolled very kindly to McCollough who side footed the ball with pace into the bottom corner.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 6 - 0 Racing Mouse

MoM– Very close this week numerous nominations (6 different players) however it went down to Hornby and Pearce, with Pearce pipping it by a vote.
Line up – A Cooper, M Lopez-Bland, T Stock , J Pearce , J Stewart, M Stanleigh, , M Chailett , L Finney, S Ellett , W Hornby , M Wilson , C McIntosh , J McCollough

First TeamvsGreen Park Rangers Firsts
Norman Hardy CupSaturday November 27 2021
Clifton St Vincent’s Firsts arrived chastened by a series of three consecutive defeats and looking to get back to winning ways in the Norman Hardy Cup. The chilly and blustery conditions alongside the rugby-player like statures of the opposition didn't bode well for a game of quality football, but captain Davies' experience in the toss paid off as the Vincent’s kicked off into the gale for the first half. 

It very quickly became apparent that Green Park Rangers Firsts had turned up intent on putting Vincent’s off their stride with an early series of strong challenges. Fortunately Vincent’s were not swayed by their opponents' somewhat physical approach and took an early lead in the first half following one of many excellent Murison deliveries and one of an equal number of goalmouth scrambles eventually tucked home by Hatwell and (apparently) assisted by Mitchell.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 1 – 0 Green Park Rangers Firsts

  Inspite of the continued robust approach of their opponents Vincent’s continued to play their football and were rewarded with a second goal. As the half ticked on and frustration threatened to build, Reeve expertly twatted home a loose ball inside the box following yet another Vincent’s' corner. 2-0

As the proverbial floodgates eked open, Ayunga's ever-present threat was rewarded with a slight deflection helping his effort into the bottom corner.

Clifton St. Vincent’s 3 – 0 Green Park Rangers Firsts

As the half drew to a close, what can only be described as a pea roller by the otherwise energetic Mooney inexplicably rolled past the keeper's lazily outstretched palm to make it a deserved 4-0 going into the break. 

Clifton St. Vincent’s 4 – 0 Green Park Rangers Firsts

The second half started with Green Park Rangers' tails ever so slightly up, boosted by the wind at their backs, and goalkeeper Hobbs tipped over what was surely their first effort on goal. From the following corner, Hobbs, still shocked at the audacity of the opposition to have a shot on target, played a game of 'to-me-to-you' with the opposition forward, with a couple of dropped balls and glaring misses finally resulting in an early second-half goal for Green Park. 

Clifton St. Vincent’s 4 – 1 Green Park Rangers Firsts

With temperatures rising Green Park sniffed an unlikely comeback. Hatwell was bundled over in the box to reward St Vincent's with a chance to put the opposition back in their box. Unfortunately, as is becoming firmly established tradition for Clifton St Vincent’s. It was Ayunga's turn to put the resulting penalty wide of the post, much to the delight of the sin-binned member of the opposition. Thankfully, Vincent’s didn't have to wait long to get their just rewards with Mooney following up an Ayunga effort to tuck home for 5-1. 

Clifton St. Vincent’s 5 – 1 Green Park Rangers Firsts

As the half wore on, Hobbs was momentarily flummoxed at the ball making a rare foray towards his 18-yard box, momentarily forgetting the rules of football and attempting to handle outside the penalty area. Unfortunately, Green Park chose to demonstrate a moment of quality from the resulting free kick, a sumptuous delivery being headed home to make it 5-2. 

Clifton St. Vincent’s 5 – 2 Green Park Rangers Firsts

With the game descending to a confusingly friendly end, Gardner picked the ball up in the middle third and squared to Hatwell to make it 6-2, and to end this interminable match report. 

Clifton St. Vincent’s 6 – 2 Green Park Rangers Firsts

Line-up: R Hobbs, S Gardner, W Mitchell, A Reeve, C Woosey, D Davies, R Blackman, O Hatwell, K. Dahnawoor, M Murison, S Ayunga. Subs used: S Mooney



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