Clevedon Town prepare for busy festive period
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Clevedon Town are preparing to play three matches over the festive period, following their latest success in the FA Vase at the weekend.
The Seasiders, having beaten New Milton 2-0 to reach the last 32 of the Vase, are due to play host to winless basement boys Chipping Sodbury Town in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Boxing Day, with a 1pm kick-off, in a potential 'banana skin'.
Then comes a totally different proposition as runaway leaders Plymouth Parkway are scheduled to visit North Somerset on December 30 (7.30pm).
Parkway are unbeaten in the league this season and have scored 50 goals in 13 games and the match was originally scheduled to take place on December 28, but the Plymouth club saw their FA Vase tie against Fareham postponed last weekend, so they will try again on Sunday.
The winners of that delayed tie will entertain Clevedon in the fourth round in the new year on January 9, with coach Alex White saying: "It’s as tough a draw as we could have got, but at this stage of the competition you’re going to be in amongst the very best teams,.
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"Whichever team we meet, we’ll be underdogs and that tends to suit us better actually. But the boys are buzzing for the tie, we’ve been brilliant so far and it’s a “free-hit” for us, I’m sure it’ll be a great occasion."
Winners of the fourth-round tie will receive £1,875 in prize money, while losing teams pick up £600. This is the furthest that Clevedon have managed to go in the competition since they reached the quarter-finals in 1992/93, when they lost to Canvey Island.
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Town have suffered only one defeat in their last seven games and before their next Vase test are set to cross the Mendips on January 2 to open the new year against mid-table Shepton Mallet.
With Shepton also in tier 2 under the current coronavirus restrictions, visiting supporters would be permitted to attend but more detailed instructions will be available from the host club and on social media.