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Ellistown won the East Midlands League Plate with a 4-2 victory over Cleethorpes Town in the Final.
Ellistown scored an early goal when Sam Clarke played a delightful ball through to striker, Jody Scott, who timed her run to perfection and slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper. A second goal a few minutes later saw Scott clinically lob the keeper but this was ruled out with a late offside flag.
Town dominated the first half and hit the bar on the half hour mark but moments later as the ball bobbled around the six yard box, winger Sally Walton was on hand to force the ball home in a crowded area. Nevertheless, in the dying seconds of the first half a long throw into the Town box was not dealt with and the ball fell kindly to the Cleethorpes striker to prod the ball in from close range.
Normal service resumed in the second half with Town well on top and forcing save after save from the overworked Cleethorpes keeper. With the unrelenting pressure building, Walton broke into the box following a mazy run and her powerful cross come shot was palmed into the net by the despairing keeper for a 3-1 scoreline.
Further chances came and went with Scott slicing a close range shot wide but a swirling corner by Clarke was powerfully headed home by captain, Kathryn Hollier, for a deserved three-goal lead in the 75th minute.
Town brought on two subs in the last ten minutes but a consolation goal by Cleethorpes in the 85th minute was not a true reflection of the match as Town played some of their best football of the season. Clarke was awarded the Carnetix Player of the Match Award and Ellistown can now plan positively for next season after winning the Plate and finishing fourth in the League.
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