run the clock down

run the clock down

In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much possible time that remains in a game or match without giving the opposing team a chance to score, generally by maintaining a passive or defensive strategy. With just a narrow two-point lead, the home team has started to run the clock down to hold on for a win. It seems like a risky strategy, Jim. There's a lot of game time left for them to start running the clock down already.
See also: clock, down, run
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For the last 52 seconds Solway tried all they knew but a clear shooting opportunity just wouldn't come their way and Telford were able to run the clock down and secure their single-goal victory.
And they came out in the second-half and played very much a containment game, very defensively, and we probably mirrored that off the ball, and held them scoreless I think from play "In some ways we just had to run the clock down, which we did.
Thistle were still able to hold the hosts, with the home side and supporters becoming frustrated with Larkhall's time-wasting as they looked to run the clock down at every possible opportunity.
Stoke huffed and puffed as Bournemouth tried to run the clock down, but the nearest they got was when Harry Arter cleared Bruno Martins Indi's shot off the line in injury time.
Co wanted his Cardinals to run the clock down to close the game out, but Eriobu hugged the ball, allowing Daryl Singontiko to foul him with 3.
The visitors' pack upped their tackle count, earned a couple of vital turnovers and started to run the clock down with some long mauls.
A hefty boot into the home supporters may not have won any awards for style, but it would have cleared the danger, run the clock down and helped see the Blues through to half-time.
Betts said: "I didn't want Danny to do it, I would sooner have him run the clock down, but I'm not complaining.
Crusaders attempted a one-pointer - Durbin slicing it wide - and repeatedly kicked into the corner as they looked to run the clock down.
Crusaders attempted a onepointer and repeatedly kicked into the corner as they looked to run the clock down.
But the Greek ace reiterated his love for Celtic and while he has taken no decision on his future, Samaras insists he would never down tools and simply run the clock down until he becomes a free agent.
Sherwood then replaced Bethan Lloyd with Hannah Daley and Cardiff were able to run the clock down to earn another deserved three points and to maintain second position in the league, just three points behind Gillingham Ladies.
Farrell missed a chance of his own to extend the lead out to beyond a converted try, but England were able to run the clock down without alarm as Ireland failed to create opportunities in testing conditions.
Charlie Morgan appeared to take part in the Capital One Cup semi-final between the Londoners and Swansea City with the intention to run the clock down.