Clevedon Town slip to defeat against 10-man Shepton Mallet
PUBLISHED: 10:23 25 October 2017
Clevedon Town could not their superior numbers count against Shepton Mallet and lost to the only goal of the game.
Shepton Mallet 1
Clevedon Town 0
Clevedon travelled to The Playing Fields to take on Shepton Mallet and despite playing the second half against 10 men they could not make their superior numbers count and went down to a single goal defeat.
Clevedon started the game playing down the slope and had the better of the opening 20 minutes without being able to turn their possession into a goal.
Efforts from Isaac Reid and Lucas Vowles went close before Shepton went ahead in the 23rd minute. James Billing cut in from the left and shot across goal into the far corner of the net to make the score 1-0.
Clevedon created another chance in the 39th minute when Alex Russell played the ball to Vowles on the left and he found Reid at the far post, but his mis-hit shot went wide.
The home side were reduced to 10 men in the 44th minute when keeper Tom Easterbrook was sent off. The ball was played through to Vowles and his attempted shot was saved by the Shepton keeper, but unfortunately for the home side he was outside of his box and gave the referee no choice other than to show him a straight red card.
After the break, Clevedon almost equalised on 58 minutes when a Kane Ingram cross was headed towards his own goal by Liam Watson, but James reacted quickly to dive on the ball right on the goal-line.
Clevedon thought they had equalised in the 75th minute when they won a free-kick. Ollie Barnes smashed the ball against the bar with the ball rebounding back into the box where Sekani Simpson’s attempted overhead kick saw him make contact with an opponent’s head and the chance had gone.
Clevedon kept pushing forward looking for the equaliser, but despite having the majority of the possession the home side defended manfully and held on to take the three points.
Clevedon are next in action on Saturday when Chipping Sodbury Town are the visitors with a 3pm kick-off.
Clevedon Town: D Freeman, S Simpson, C O’Sullivan, A Russell, O Barnes (c), C Kingdon, J Fisher, M Williams (K Camargo 73), I Reid (D O’Connor 68), K Ingram, L Vowles (R Gissing 81).
Report and photos courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown