Weakened Town well beaten in Devon
PUBLISHED: 12:02 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:02 04 October 2017
A weakened Clevedon Town side travelled to Devon, but were beaten by Willand Rovers.
Willand Rovers 3
Clevedon Town 0
With a side depleted by injuries and players on holiday, Clevedon made the short trip down the M5 for this Toolstation League clash with Willand Rovers in the hopes of coming away with something.
Unfortunately it was not to be with Willand scoring all the goals and claiming all three points.
The first half started well with both sides playing some open football with passes finding their targets and both defences coming out on top in most of the skirmishes.
The visitors had the first possible chance when a free kick from Ryan Gissing flashed across the home goal. Eight minutes later, it looked as though the visitors were about to take the lead when a corner from Gissing was headed goalwards by Clayton Fortune, who was unlucky to his effort cleared off of the line.
In the 36th minute, the visitors had the perfect opportunity when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Isaac Reid, but his kick was superbly saved by Michael Searle in the home goal.
At the other end, debutant Clevedon keeper, Dylan Wallis did well to thwart James Blake, who was clear after a pass from Brad Ausden.
As they say in football, it is a game of two halves and it was certainly the case here. The visitors started with substitute Daniel Lammiman replacing Sekani Simpson, but within three minutes a mix-up saw the hosts go one up.
On the hour what looked like an innocent cross was taken by Wallis, but somehow he managed to drop the ball at the feet of Luke Mortimer who had the easiest of tap-ins to double their lead.
The visitors tried everything to get back in to the game with chances from Fortune and Gissing just missing their target, but it was the home side who wrapped up the points with a third goal on 80 minutes when a corner from Josh Searle was put away by Ryan Guppy.