Two late goals deny Clevedon the chance of a point

PUBLISHED: 14:57 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:57 15 March 2017

Callum Kingdon.

Callum Kingdon.

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Two late goals by Gillingham Town denied Clevedon the chances of salvaging a draw.

Gillingham Town 4

Clevedon Town 1

Clevedon travelled to Hardings Lane to take on Gillingham Town on a difficult playing surface with former skipper Kye Mountford making a return to the team and conceded two late goals in a 4-1 defeat.

Jake Harris had an early chance before Ben Murray caught a stray elbow in the head and he was forced to leave the pitch to have it bandaged.

Visiting keeper Sam Burgess did well on a couple of occasions to keep the scores level, before man of the match Toby Yeates set up a chance for Kevin Camargo.

Gillingham took the lead on 39 minutes when a cross found Ashley Clarke unmarked at the far post and he had the time to pick his spot and drive the ball low into the corner of the net.

Clevedon came out for the second half looking to get back on equal terms and had a good chance on 49 minutes. Murray played the ball to Harris, who found Camargo and the Clevedon skipper played the ball through for Joe Hance to chase, but the danger was cleared.

Gillingham doubled their lead in the 53rd minute when they broke quickly with Aiden Chainey, who crossed for Harry Baker to slot the ball home and make the score 2-0.

Clevedon got back into the game on 59 minutes with an excellently taken goal. The ball was played into Kye Mountford and he had time to pick out Camargo in the box and the skipper volleyed the ball into the top corner of the net.

Clevedon thought that they had equalised in the 73rd minute when the ball was played to substitute Archie Ferris, who cut inside and curled an excellent shot that beat the keeper, but to the disappointment of the visitors hit the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

Unfortunately, Clevedon’s inability to find an equaliser was punished with two late goals. On 90 minutes, substitute Elliot Bevins crossed for Lewis Morgan to smash the ball home and the same player scored again two minutes later.

Clevedon welcome Street to The Everyone Active Stadium on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.

Clevedon Town: S Burgess, T Ashmead, S Downe (A Ferris 55), C Kingdon, B Murray, K Gazzard, K Mountford, K Camargo, J Hance (R Gissing 72), J Harris (I Reid 60), T Yeates.

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

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