The thin line between success and failure was cruelly exposed at the Lido ground on Tuesday night as Arnold Town suffered their fourth defeat of the season.
A bright start by the home side saw the Eagles, with several changes from Saturday’s line up, on the defensive for the most part but they weathered the storm and took the lead with five minutes of the half remaining. They broke down the left and it was Dillon Bird who lashed the ball into the net to give the visitors a half time lead.
Clipstone continued to press forward in the second half but they had to wait until the seventy-third minute before the leveller came. A cross from the right saw a Thomas Moult header roll agonisingly inside the far post after somewhat wrong footing Elliott in the Arnold goal.
Into the last few minutes and the game could easily have gone either way.
It was the home side who tasted the sweetness of victory after Dean Rick fired home with barely a minute of normal time to go, this after Danny Dixon had unleashed a vicious volley from the edge of the box which almost snapped the cross bar at the other end moments earlier.
A much improved performance from the Eagles but they must wait a little longer for their first points…
The Eagles now turn the attention to the Bank Holiday weekend double header where they face Ingles on Saturday and a big local derby against Gedling Miners Welfare on Monday; both at Eagle Valley with a 3pm kick off, everybody most welcome…