Clevedon boss Bell expects a tough FA Vase test against St George after FA Cup exit

Clevedon Town manager Micky Bell during their FA Cup game with Bristol Manor Farm

Clevedon Town manager Micky Bell during their FA Cup game with Bristol Manor Farm - Credit: Archant

Micky Bell admits Clevedon Town’s game this Saturday will be ‘tough’ when they take on Roman Glass St George in the FA Vase, writes Josh Thomas.

Callum Kingdon goes up for a header watched by Syd Camper (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Callum Kingdon goes up for a header watched by Syd Camper (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown) - Credit: Archant

The Seasiders will once again be in action at the Everyone Active Stadium for their fourth home game in a row and fifth out of their last six.

"We seem to be play at home every week at the minute," said Bell. "That is going to be a tough game, but we certainly want to get through that.

"We want to have a good run in that competition now that we are out of the FA Cup.

"Next week is a massive focus and we want to get through that game really. We want to be in the next round of the Vase."

Ben Griffiths watched by Tom Creed (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Ben Griffiths watched by Tom Creed (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown) - Credit: Archant


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After a 5-2 defeat to Bristol Manor Farm in the FA Cup over the weekend, Bell admits he enjoyed their cup experience.

"We went down to Saltash and we were underdogs in that game, had a great result, a really good performance and a good result," he added. "I've just said to the boys, to get a cup run it means a lot to all clubs at our level, especially our club.

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"We are a volunteer-run club and we need that exposure and we need the extra bit of finance that goes with these games.

"It would have been to lovely to get through, but unfortunately we didn't and good luck to Manor Farm."

George King on the ball watched by Callum Kingdon and Archie Ferris (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clev

George King on the ball watched by Callum Kingdon and Archie Ferris (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown) - Credit: Archant

Despite defeat, Bell was pleased with the effort his players gave, especially two-goal hero George King.

He said: "We had some good performances out there in key moments of the game.

"We just let it slip really. Defensively we needed it to be a bit sharper, more aware of their threat and danger.

"A couple of times when we were attacking, we had a couple of one-on-one situations which we didn't exploit.

George King fires home from the spot (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

George King fires home from the spot (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown) - Credit: Archant

"George in particular played really well. He's excellent on the ball and he looked like he was our player that was going to score goals and sort of getting us back into the game."

After picking up four points from their opening three league games, Bell wants his team to build on their sixth-place finish of last season.

"We got to push on in the league. We've had a win, a draw and a loss," he added.

"We need to get a few more wins in the column to push ourselves up the table."

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