Town rocked by injury to keeper during pre-match warm-up

PUBLISHED: 14:19 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 19 April 2017

Tyler Ashmead.

Tyler Ashmead.

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Clevedon Town lost keeper Sam Burgess after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury during the warm-up against Cribbs.

Clevedon Town 1

Cribbs 3

Clevedon were forced to make a last-minute change to their teamsheet when keeper Sam Burgess suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury during the warm-up and was replaced by Will Bennett.

Cribbs were quickly out of the blocks and in the first minute George King’s run into the box was stopped by Owen Barry’s challenge, with the visitors appealing for a penalty.

Cribbs took the lead a minute later when a cross from former Clevedon player Mason Winter found King at the far post and he had the simple task of tapping the ball home.

Clevedon mounted their first attack in the seventh minute when a cross by Kye Mountford found James Fisher at the far post, but his shot was blocked by former Seasider Josh Jones.

Cribbs went close again when Winter’s corner was met at the near post by Chris Kite and headed across goal and narrowly wide of the far post.

Clevedon had to be grateful to Bennett in the 21st minute when King played in another former Seasider Jack McKenna, who was through one-on-one, but saw his shot saved by the legs of the young keeper.

Clevedon were awarded a penalty on 26 minutes when Alex Camm played a great ball through for Fisher, who was brought down by Jones. Fisher took the spot kick, but Cribbs keeper Ben Reed guessed correctly and pushed the ball away.

Cribbs doubled their lead in the 35th minute. A ball over the top of the Clevedon defence found Jack McKenna and despite Bennett coming out to try to narrow the angle, the Cribbs man found the top corner of the net to make the score 0-2.

Clevedon came out at the start of the second half looking to get back into the game and went close through Fisher, Callum Kingdon and Glen Hayer.

Cribbs went further ahead on 62 minutes when a Winter cross found Liam Clayton at the near post and his glancing header nestled into the far corner of the net.

Cribbs went close again in the 64th minute when a looping header was tipped onto the top of the bar by Bennett with the ball dropping back onto the goal-line and being cleared by Barry.

Clevedon got a goal back on 73 minutes when a run by substitute Tyler Ashmead saw him exchange passes with Fisher before floating the ball to the far post where Camm had a simple tap-in to make the score 1-3.

Although they tried Clevedon were unable to pierce the visitors’ defence further and Cribbs held on to complete the double over their hosts.

Clevedon Town: W Bennett, G Hayer, O Barry, C Kingdon, B Murray, J Boughton (T Ashmead 71), K Mountford (R Gissing 83), K Camargo (c), A Camm, J Fisher, J Hance (I Reid 71).

Clevedon Town revealed exciting new plans for the future of the football club as it continues to build on its successful partnership with Everyone Active.

The club revealed it will be entering a reserve team from next season, in addition to the club’s first team that play in the Toolstation Premier League, and are managed by former Bristol City player Micky Bell.

Also, the club announced today that due to the great success of its popular academy for Under-5/6s, it plans to grow the academy for older age groups from next season.

To allow the growing number of players, supporters, parents and volunteers to follow the latest developments, the club reported it will soon have a new club website covering the latest news and activities for all the Clevedon Town teams www.clevedontownfc.co.uk

The Under-18s are in action (tonight) Wednesday in the final of the Roger Stone Memorial Cup against Radstock Town (7.30pm) at Weston’s Woodspring Stadium.

Report and photos courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown

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