Clevedon Town pick up all three points against league leaders
PUBLISHED: 10:31 03 October 2018
Clevedon Town gave a tremendous performance to defeat league leaders Bridgwater Town 1-0 at home.
Clevedon Town 1
Bridgwater Town 0
League leaders Bridgwater Town visited The Everyone Active Stadium and after a tremendous performance by the home side left with a 1-0 defeat that sees Clevedon Town pick up their sixth win from seven games.
The visitors had the better of the opening 20 minutes without causing any concerns to Clevedon Town keeper and player of the month for September Connor Sidley-Adams.
The first chance of the game fell to Syd Camper on 22 minutes when his long-range gathered by the retreating keeper, while Archier Ferris also went close.
The Seasiders took the lead in the 34th minute. Lucas Vowles collected the ball deep in his own half before hitting a superb pass down the middle for Archie Ferris.
There was still a lot of work for Archie to do, but he did it magnificently to control the bouncing ball and expertly sliding the ball past the advancing Jake Viney and into the net.
Centre-backs Tom Baker and man of the match Glen Hayer superbly marshalled the defence, not giving the potent Bridgwater strikeforce any easy chances. Neither side were able to fashion any further chances and both teams headed in for the half-time break with Clevedon a goal to the good.
Clevedon had a great chance to double their lead 15 seconds after the restart when the ball was played forward to Ferris whose shot from the edge of the box was too close to Viney who saved well.
Bridgwater’s Jake Brown turned away celebrating the equaliser after taking the ball past Sidley-Adams and hitting the ball into an empty net, but the ball had other ideas as it struck the inside of the post and ran along the goal-line before being booted clear by a relieved Hayer.
In the 64th minute, Clevedon were awarded a free-kick 25-yards out and Lucas Vowles curled the ball around the wall and with the ball heading into the top corner of the net, Viney dived and tipped the ball around the post.
Clevedon went close on 65 minutes when Hayer’s header found the side-netting. A minute later and Bridgwater went close to equalising when Harry Horton was forced wide of goal so that the chance was lost.
Bridgwater’s hopes were not helped when joint manager Dave Pearse who had only been on the pitch for six minutes was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Morgan Williams.
Bridgwater kept pushing forward looking for the equaliser and they thought they had found it in the third minute of stoppage time when a cross from the left was diverted towards goal but Hayer cleared the ball off the line to the relief of the home supporters.
Clevedon are next in action on Saturday when Buckland Athletic visit The Everyone Active Stadium with a 2.15pm kick-off. This is the third match in the Western League Ground Hop weekend with one game on Friday night, four on Saturday and two on Sunday.
Please note the earlier kick-off time and arrive early as a large crowd is anticipated.
Clevedon Town: C Sidley-Adams, T Ashmead, E Nicholson, C Kingdon (c), G Hayer, T Baker, S Camper, M Williams, A Ferris, L Vowles (H Smith 87), A Camm ( Sell 82).
Report and photos courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown
On Saturday, Clevedon Town’s home game v Buckland Athletic is part of the Western League Groundhop weekend and the club is hoping for a bumper crowd.
The game kicks off earlier than normal at 2.15pm so that four games can be fitted in to the Saturday schedule.