Clifton brace sinks Greens

The Non-League Football Paper - - RYMAN PREMIER - By Steve Par­sons

IN THE first of two home games against bot­tom four sides, it was im­por­tant for Staines, who had played more games than any­one else in the league, to get points on the board.

How­ever, at half-time, the Greens were on track to en­hance their al­ready good away record as they held a lead gar­nered af­ter six min­utes. A dev­as­tat­ing long throw by Luke Pingey was pow­ered home by skip­per Casey Ma­claren.

Hen­don keeper Tom Love­lock made im­por­tant saves to keep out Bran­don Adams and Daniel Brown while Wadah Ahmedi also went close.

Hen­don also had their chances, the best per­haps fall­ing to Karl Oliyide, whose chipped at­tempt was smoth­ered by Jack Turner, who was cel­e­brat­ing his 250th Staines ap­pear­ance.

Staines came back dra­mat­i­cally with a burst of three goals in ten min­utes, be­gin­ning on the hour when Tommy Brewer’s shot was met by a mis­di­rected de­fen­sive header and Afo­labi Coker was able to twist and head be­yond Love­lock.

Two min­utes later, Hen­don failed to clear a cor­ner and Adrian Clifton stead­ied to blast home from 12 yards – his sixth of the sea­son but first at home. Clifton then made it 3-1, un­able to be­lieve his good for­tune that Sam Bar­ratt’s cheeky free­kick from the left cor­ner flag trav­elled across the goal face for him to side-foot home.

Hen­don snatched a stop­page-time con­so­la­tion, Ma­claren net­ting his sec­ond with a glanc­ing header af­ter a high ball into the box.

STAR MAN: Adrian Clifton (Staines Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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