Clevedon Town relish 'massive' FA Vase tie

Clevedon Town's Liam Dempsey in action

Liam Dempsey in action for Clevedon Town against Yate in a friendly. - Credit:

Clevedon Town welcome New Milton to the Everyone Active Stadium for a 'massive' FA Vase third round tie on Saturday.

The Seasiders beat local rivals Ashton & Backwell in the previous round, while New Milton knocked out Longlevens to earn their trip to North Somerset.

And coach Alex White, after a 5-1 friendly defeat against Yate Town last weekend, says the squad will focus on producing their best performance in a bid to go through.

He said: "We don’t know much about them, but that that would have been the same with Longlevens. We would have been happy with either side and approach the game in the same way.

"New Milton have done well to get to this stage of the competition, so we’ll give them the respect they deserve, but we have to concentrate on applying ourselves and if we play to the best of our abilities as we know we can we’ll be alright whoever we play."

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Yate, waiting for the Southern League to restart, dominated the first half of Saturday's warm-up match after Ethan Feltham headed wide from Liam Dempsey's third-minute cross for the hosts.

Former Clevedon full-back Tyler Ashmead limped off for Yate soon after, to be replaced by Elliott Keightley and Dave Sims-Burgess opened the scoring on 16 minutes, shortly after heading another chance wide.

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Oli Mehew converted a cross from Sims-Burgess two minutes later and captain Nick Peare led his side well against a disjointed Clevedon as Will Tunicliff hit a post from a free-kick on 31 minutes, while Ricardo Rees saw two shots blocked.

Mehew had claims for a penalty turned down after being challenged by Harley Wilkinson, while Clevedon's Will Gould had a shot saved by Andy Hannah just before half time.

But Yate went 3-0 up on 56 minutes when Peare put Sims-Burgess through to chip Wilkinson and, after George King fired just past the post for Clevedon, Jordan Williams hit the crossbar for the visitors.

Clevedon clawed a goal back on 64 minutes when Feltham's shot proved too hot for Hannah to handle, but Tim Parker netted against his old club two minutes later to make it 4-1.

Jay Murray, Syd Camper and Mitch Osmond had late chances for the home side, who conceded again late on when Joe Hall set up Rees for Yate's fifth.

White added: "At least everybody has had a good run out and we’ve learnt a lot of things, good and bad.

"There was a good opportunity for a number of players to make a claim for next week and I think we can all be honest with ourselves and accept that some didn’t take that opportunity.

"We’ll get some good preparation done and bounce back as we have always done in the past when we’ve suffered setbacks, for what is a massive game in the Vase against New Milton Town next Saturday."

New Milton Town are currently second from bottom in Division One of the Sydenhams Wessex League, one place below Whitchurch United who the Seasiders beat in the first round, but have fared much better in cup competitions.

After a change in the guidance from the government and the FA last week regarding non-league football in tier 3, Clevedon will be able to accommodate 150 spectators for this game, limited to home fans only.

Kick-off is at 3pm and the match will not be all ticket and with further government announcements expected this week the club will advise of any changes to this on its social media outlets.

Clevedon: WIlkinson, Dempsey, Iles, C Gould, Hedges, Camper, Davies, King, Feltham, W Gould, Bayliss. Subs: Nicholson, Kingdon, Osmond, Williams, Murray, Biggs.

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