Wittering claim victory over King's Cliffe in Peterborough League clash
Wittering were forced to dig deep to claim a derby victory over King’s Cliffe in Saturday’s Peterborough League Division One clash.
The visitors came into the game under new management, but got off to the worst start when a late challenge from the King’s Cliffe centre back sent Will Harris tumbling and Andrew Moss calmly sent the keeper the wrong way from the resultant spot kick.
King’s Cliffe didn't roll over though despite the early setback and had a goal chalked off because of a foul in the build-up.
They enjoyed some good possession in a match with very little quality from both teams as, like past contests, it turned into a huge battle with meaty challenges all over the pitch.
On balance King’s Cliffe probably edged the footballing side of things, but Wittering had numerous clear chances which they couldn't capitalise on.
That was until the half-hour mark when they counter-attacked in style and doubled their lead through an excellent finish from Grant Tippett.
King’s Cliffe responded just before half-time and halved the deficit.
A throw-in was taken and, with Wittering slow to pick players up, King’s Cliffe winger Carl Burrows cut inside and unleashed a stunning strike which flew into the home net.
The second half got even more physical with a couple of yellow cards being shown.
The pattern of play was similar to the first though with Wittering playing on the counter and causing problems on the break.
Cliffe had the lion’s share of possession, but in terms of chances they didn't really threaten the goal other than a couple of camera saves from Paul Greenhalgh who again had an impeccable game in the sticks with his communication and speed off his line.
Wittering settled the clash when Ashley Middleton broke free after some good footwork, seeing his shot deflect into the back of the net with less than five minutes on the clock.
Cliffe were reduced to 10 men near the end when centre-back Matthew Black was dismissed after receiving a second caution for persistent fouling.
Overall this wasn't the highest quality of games, but Cliffe were passionate and made it a great tie to watch nonetheless.
Winning ugly has been something that Wittering have struggled with in previous years, but they seem to be churning results out even when they don’t play particularly well.
Wittering manager Sam Cayley said: “After not playing last weekend because of a waterlogged pitch, the boys looked very slow and struggled to find any sort of rhythm in the game.
“We started well but dropped off after we scored our second by letting them back into it.
“I always felt we were in control of the game but we just weren’t at the races and the boys were the first ones to admit that after the game.
“King’s Cliffe were a big side and looked very dangerous at setpieces which caused us some problems at times.
“I can’t knock the lads though as they showed we can win ugly and added another three points on the board.
“It’s always nice to win a derby game as over the seasons there has been some tasty affairs between the two sides.”