Clevedon Town: a season in numbers

Clevedon Town celebrate Ollie Babington's wonder goal against Buckland Athletic

Clevedon Town celebrate Ollie Babington's wonder goal against Buckland Athletic - Credit: pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown

After a slow start to the season, Clevedon Town recovered well to finish seventh in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, 18 points behind the top two.

The Seasiders finished with 16 wins, 11 draws - one of the highest in the division - and nine defeats only bettered by the top three. 

In 43 games in all competitions, they scored exactly a century of goals after young Josh Morgan’s debut goal in the last game at Bridport.

The season fell into two distinct parts as in the first 16 games Clevedon won only three times and lost eight.

However, after Alex White took over the managerial reins in October, they won 16 of the next 27 and only lost another three.

Four wins and a draw delivered the Toolstation team of the month award for February and a there was a run of 10 wins and five draws in 15 games between December and March.

Individually, striker Archie Ferris finished as their top scorer with 19 and was well supported by midfielder Alex Camm (17) and Syd Camper (13).

Clevedon Town's Archie Ferris

Clevedon Town's Archie Ferris - Credit: pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown

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There was no doubt about the goal of the season, with Ollie Babington’s spectacular volley from halfway at Buckland Athletic the standout strike.

And Town only failed to score twice in 0-0 draws with Ilfracombe Town and Millbrook, as they kept 10 clean sheets themselves.

Nobody appeared in every game, but Alex Camm only missed one while team captain Archie Ferris and ever consistent club captain Callum Kingdon sat out two.

Clevedon Town's Callum Kingdon

Clevedon Town's Callum Kingdon - Credit: pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown

However, it is penalties which best summarise the Seasiders in 2021-22.

In contrast to previous seasons when penalties were few and far between, their 43 games featured 24 spot-kicks as Town scored 12 and missed three and their opponents scored six and also missed three.

The first three games set the trend when there were seven penalties, with Babington successful in the first three games.

Town's opponents then scored three in three games, but with hotshot Babington injured, Camm, Ferris and Mitch Osmond then missed three and all this before the first week in September.

Clevedon Town's penalty king Alex Camm

Clevedon Town's penalty king Alex Camm - Credit: pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown

Camm soon made amends and finished the season scoring all of his remaining six spot-kicks, while there were four penalties in the two games with Exmouth Town. Babington’s in the opening game of the season was the only success, as Osmond’s miss was at home to Exmouth and Exmouth’s Harris missed one in each game.

Then came two matches where penalty shoot-outs determined the destiny of the Seasiders season as any chance of cup glory went in the FA Vase 5-4 at Southall and in the Les Phillips Cup 3-1 against local rivals Ashton & Backwell United after a remarkable 4-4 draw.

However, perhaps the most important statistic for the future of the club is the seven under-18 players which manager White included in his first-team squad, led by Freddie King with 28 appearances and seven goals, plus Tom Brazier, Ernie Cooksley, Matt Gregory, Tom Kemble, Ed Maule and Josh Morgan.

Clevedon Town's Freddie King

Clevedon Town's Freddie King - Credit: pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown