Clipstone hit Grimsby for six again

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For the second time in just over two weeks Clipstone hit Grimsby Borough for six last night as they followed up their FA Vase success with a 6-1 away win in the NCEL Division One.

Grimsby looked a much brighter side than the one who played in that earlier encounter, but the strength in depth of the Clipstone squad was plain for all to see and Jamie Smith came away with a hat-trick.

On 12 minutes Smith intercepted a poor pass from the Grimsby defender and ran onto the right edge of the area before chipping the onrushing keeper, only to see his effort dip just over the crossbar.

This was a sign of things to come, but Grimsby seemed blinded to it, though did manage to keep the scores level until just after the half-hour mark.

With Clipstone pressing, Steve Carty picked out Callum Mawby on the left flank who broke two challenges cut inside and poked the ball past the keeper on 32 minutes.

The floodlight in the far corner in the Clipstone half went out.

But with sufficient light from elsewhere the referee decided to carry on with the game.

This proved costly to Clipstone and, in particular, keeper Nick Siddons. Grimsby won a corner on the same side as that floodlight, and when the cross came over, Siddons dropped what looked like an easy catch, and Jake Thompson was on hand to pick up the pieces and fire Grimsby level.

Just before half-time Clipstone restored their lead, once again through Mawby. He ran onto a Steve Whitehead through ball at pace, beat the last defender and fired across the keeper and inside the far post.

The writing was on the wall for Grimsby in the early exchanges of the second half.

On 48 minutes Carty chased down a long kick from Siddons to the left corner. He kept the ball in play and, with a wonderful first time cross, possibly too good, the cross evaded everyone and eventually bounced out for a goal kick.

Just two minutes later, though, Clipstone did enhance their lead. Dan Wood received the ball on the far right of play. He tricked his way past two defenders and whipped in a wonderful cross the home keeper could do nothing with and on hand at the far post was Jamie Smith to grab his first goal of the evening.

Mawby had a chance to grab his hat-trick from a Smith cross but he couldn’t quite climb high enough and the ball was eventually cleared.

On 59 minutes the Clipstone defenders were on hand once again to mop up everything that Grimsby could throw at them.

Brandon Shaw came away with the ball and passed to Smith 25 yards out from goal. His first touch controlled the ball and tured his defender at the same time, and his second touch fired the ball at goal and caught the keeper off guard at the near post to make it 4-1.

Just three minutes later Andy Gange took a throw in just inside his own half. He found the head of Smith who flicked on for Josh Gibson to chase down. He had the strength to hold off a challenge from the last defender and, off balance, struck the ball with enough power to leave the keeper hitting the ground moments after the ball hit the back of the net.

The only caution of the game went the way of Grimsby keeper Jamie Swann for slamming the ball against the ground after the referee awarded Clipstone yet another corner.

Just to rub salt into the already open wound, Carty swung in the set piece and found the head of Smith to give him his hat-trick and round off the scoring.