United stretches lead at the summit

CLYDE United put one hand firmly on the Eurobodalla Football All Age men’s minor premiership on Sunday with a tense 3-1 victory over archrival Bodalla.Striker Nathan Vogel opened United’s account with a looping header over the onrushing Steve Benic before Paul Jenner netted his second 25-metre strike in as many weeks for 2-nil.Jesse French then got Bodalla back into the match when his corner kick on the hour mark deflected off two Clyde players and somehow found its way into the back of the net.Bodalla arguably had the better of the second half and pushed on for an equaliser, but United had all three points in the bag late on when Vogel converted from the penalty spot.Matt Jackson’s fierce throw-in was handled in the Bodalla box by defender Jay Preston and Vogel made no mistake from 12 yards.The win ensured Clyde maintained its 100 per cent record this season and was perhaps more significant as it was without five regular starters.“Missing five key players, we knew it would be a very tough game, especially on their home ground,” Jackson said.“They didn’t make it easy for us, that’s for sure.“They came at us strongly in the second half but we held on and these are three massive points for us.”Bodalla goalkeeper Benic praised the sportsmanship displayed by both teams, especially after their first clash was a fiery affair that resulted in a sending off.“They played with a really good sportsmanship,” he said.“There’s always a bit of niggle but it was just a really good game.”The gloveman who, by his own admission, was at fault for United’s second goal, said Clyde’s slick passing in the first half was what won it the match.“Clyde played great,” he said. “They were just classy, they were passing the ball around beautifully, especially in the first half.“But in saying that, we were pretty dominant in the second half.”In Sunday’s other All Age men’s results, Broulee and Moruya finished all square at 1-all, while Narooma continued Bay FC’s horror season with a 5-nil win.In the women’s league, Broulee’s up-and-down season continued with a 3-1 defeat to Narooma, while Clyde United prevailed 4-1 over Moruya.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.