Deserved cup final triumph for Town
PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 April 2012
Underdogs Clevedon Town defeated Premier Division Banbury United 2-1 in the final of the Red Insure Southern League Cup.
BANBURY UNITED 1
CLEVEDON TOWN 2
CLEVEDON Town’s 15th cup tie of the season ended in glorious triumph for Micky Bell and his team as a well-deserved 2-1 victory away at Premier Division outfit Banbury United, winning the Red Insure Southern League Cup for the Seasiders for the first time in their history.
Ricky Johnson was the first to show for the home side when his powerful shot was blocked by a great diving save from Clevedon keeper and captain Jason Mellor.
Clevedon began to get a foothold in the game and took the lead in the 11th minute when Steve Kingdon hit a long pass to Henry Muggeridge. His quick one-two with Chas Hemmings saw his shot beat Banbury custodian Andy Kemp.
Minutes later Lloyd Mills came to the Seasiders’ rescue when he cleared the ball off the line after Johnson had rounded Mellor. Ashley Kington replied with an audacious long-range lob, catching Kemp off his line, but his effort was just wide.
Banbury drew level on 23 minutes when a deep cross from Ben Polk found Josh Cole unmarked at the back post and his header across goal found the far corner of the Clevedon.
Clevedon went close when Reeko Best had his shot blocked and the loose ball fell to Muggeridge, who was denied by Kemp.
Clevedon started the second period well as Kingdon headed a Jack McKenna free kick wide and Matt Thorne’s long-range free kick almost embarrassed Kemp. Substitute Jordan Walker and Ollie Clarke both had chances as the Seasiders continued to press.
Clevedon got the goal that their play deserved on 75 minutes as Hemmings pounced on a defensive slip to race clear, take the ball round Kemp and stroke it into the empty net to put the Seasiders 2-1 ahead.
With away goals counting double, Banbury now needed two goals in the last 15 minutes, but they never looked like getting them. Clevedon almost added a third in time added on as Hemmings broke away and found Clarke in acres of space in the box, but Clarke slipped as he was about to pull the trigger.
Then it was all over as the referee blew his whistle for full time to cue ecstatic scenes of celebrations by the players, management and fans of the club.
Team: Mellor (c), Muggeridge, Rich, Mills, Kingdon, Thorne, Clarke, Kington (Geeson 84), Best (Ricketts 71), Hemmings, McKenna (Walker 66). Subs not used: Flurry, Edwards-Samuels.
BISHOPS CLEEVE 2
CLEVEDON TOWN 0
CLEVEDON Town came back to earth with a bump, losing 2-0 at Bishops Cleeve.
The visitors started brightly when Ollie Clarke tested home keeper James Nortei. Bishops Cleeve took the lead right on half-time, when Lloyd Mills gave away a penalty, which Jake Lee netted.
After the break, the hosts doubled the lead in the 72nd minute when Carl Brown’s shot bobbled over Jason Mellor and into the net.