Bishops Cleeve 4-0 Rothwell Town
August 9, 2007 - BGB Football League, Division 1. Midland
Bishops Cleeve put in their best performance of the season to cruise to a 4-0 win at Kayte Lane on Saturday. Rothwell had the odd chances but Cleeve were always in control and could have scored more.
Cleeve played some good attractive football but their opening goal was pure route one as Lee Davis raced on to an Alex Hards dropkick and stroked the ball over keeper Tom Smith’s head and although he got his fingertips to it the ball took one bounce and hit the back of the net.
Cleeve should have made it 2-0 after 15 minutes but Kevin Slack’s shot went past the left post.
Luke Corbett fired over the bar in the 20th minute and then in the 28th minute Richard Mansell’s right foot shot produced an excellent tip round save by Tom Smith. Luke Corbett’s resultant corner was deftly headed across goal into the bottom right corner by Kevin Slack to put Cleeve 2-0 up.
Slack was unlucky in the 32nd minute when he cut in from the right and rifled a powerful shot that was saved by the feet of Smith.
Robert Ritchie-Smith shot inches over the bar five minutes later and the same player’s dangerous free-kick at the edge of the box struck the wall and spun onto the top of the net in the 40th minute.
Cleeve keeper Alex whilst not having any testing saves to make showed his mettle with some important punches to three dangerous crosses.
Edward Ward then shot over the bar when well placed and Kevin Slack’s shot went wide of the left post.
Half-Time Bishops Cleeve 2 Rothwell Town 0
The second half was five minutes old when Nick Williams extended Cleeve’s lead when a Kevin Slack long throw was headed to him 20 yards out and his left footed drive flew into the top corner giving Tom Smith no chance.
Good work by James Bayliffe saw him pull the ball back to Lee Davis who shot inches wide of the left post in the 58th minute.
The scoring was completed in the 64th minute when Richard Mansell’s corner from the right fell to a totally unmarked Lee Davis who volleyed inside the left post from six yards.
Joe Tustain had a shot blocked just afterwards and Tom Rutter’s shot from 20 yards fell wide of the right post.
Matt Collins came on for the last 15 minutes and ran the Rothwell defence ragged but Cleeve were unable to extend their lead but the result left manager Paul Collicutt a happy man.
By John Pickup
12 min - Lee Davis (9/10)
28 min - Kevin Slack (7/10)
50 min - Nick Williams (9/10)
64 min - Lee Davis (8/10)