Clevedon let early lead slip away
PUBLISHED: 20:33 08 October 2018
Clevedon Town entertained Buckland Athletic and despite an inconsistent start to the season the visitors had the better of the 90 minutes, winning 3-1.
Buckland’s Lloyd Gardner made progress down the left on five minutes before sending his cross high over the Clevedon bar. Four minutes later and the home side created their first chance when an Archie Ferris cross was cleared to Syd Camper who laid the ball bake to Tyler Ashmead but his shot was blocked.
Clevedon did however take the lead in the 12th minute. Camper collected the ball on the right before cutting across the pitch and seeing Alex Camm’s run played an inch-perfect pass and with Buckland’s Kenny Griffiths rushing off his line Camm got to the ball first and dinked the ball over the advancing keeper to make the score 1-0.
Clevedon continued to try to double their advantage and were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out in the 29th minute which Lucas Vowles curled over the wall but also over the bar.
From there though, the visitors went straight down the other end and equalised. Lloyd Gardner’s cross from the left was headed home by Charlie Johansen to make the score 1-1.
A Clevedon break in the 37th minute saw Morgan Williams and Vowles exchange passes before the former found Tyler Ashmead whose shot from a narrow angle just cleared the bar. A minute later and Clevedon were grateful to Glen Hayer when he cleared a Johansen shot off the line and with no further chances both teams went into the interval all square.
It was the home side though which started the second period the brighter.
Clevedon went close on 49 minutes when man of the match Camm sent Vowles through on goal but he was surrounded by three defenders and could not find the space for a shot and the chance was cleared. Three minutes later and the visitors sent a free-kick into the box which Dan Harrison headed over.
On 55 minutes Buckland’s Gardner found space down the left and put in a dangerous cross which bounced just in front of Connor Sidley-Adams but the Clevedon keeper did well to gather the ball under pressure.
Buckland would take a decisive lead in the 72nd minute. Substitute Ryan Bush was played into the box and he calmly took the ball around Sidley-Adams and slotted it into the net.
Three minutes later the same player created a great chance when he turned Hayer on the edge of the box and with only Sidley-Adams to beat he wastefully placed his shot wide of the post.
Buckland though were not made to pay that missed chance and instead made the game safe on 84 minutes when Gardner swung a corner in from the left and the ball was cleared to James Richards on the edge of the box and he smashed the ball into the back of the net to make the score 3-1 to the visitors.
Clevedon kept pushing forward and their last chance of the game in the second minute of stoppage time saw Camper’s free-kick sail over the bar and soon after the referee blew the final whistle to see the visitors go back to Devon with all three points.
Clevedon are next in action today (Wednesday) when Wellington visit The Everyone Active Stadium in The Somerset Premier Cup. Kick off is 7.45pm.