Clevedon Town boss Bell delighted to bank FA Cup win
PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 August 2019
Clevedon Town boss Mickey Bell was delighted to see his side book their place in the next round of the FA Cup with success at Saltash United.
Archie Ferris had an early effort cleared off the line for the Seasiders, but they came under growing pressure as the scoreline remained blank.
George King then made the breakthrough with a stunning effort, only for the hosts to hit back almost immediately.
But Lucas Vowles sealed a 2-1 win with a fine solo effort six minutes from time and Bell said: "Saltash are a really good side, they're very experienced, big lads, physical. We've got a lot of young players in the side and knew it was going to be a difficult game.
"Being honest at half time we were lucky to be in the game.
"We started off okay and I thought we could've gone one or two-nil up and then by half time I thought we were lucky not to be two or three-nil down.
"Second half, we came out, we had a more positive attitude to it. We were very much in the back foot with everything we did in the first half. We got more on the front foot and two bits of quality from George King and Lucas Vowles wins us the game in the end.
"You get the usual last five minutes, where they bring the keeper up and everything but we hung on in a pretty poor game and I'm just glad to be the manager on top."
King's goal was out of the top drawer, but Chris Mechanick levelled moments later with an impressive free-kick.
Bell added: "We did the worst thing you can, we scored, then all dropped off. Instead of pushing on and trying to win the ball back which we normally do.
"Straight after we scored, we dropped off, we give away a soft foul, I don't think it was a foul if I'm honest. We've offered a foot and their lad went for it and the ref has gone for it and the lad puts it in the far corner.
"One second you're up next second you're down."
Thankfully for Clevedon, Vowles had the last word as he capped a hard-working display in style to bank £2,250 in prize money and a home tie against Bristol Manor Farm on August 24.
Bell said: "It was a horrible day with the wind and rain and conditions and it was going to be that team who had one moment or a couple of moments of quality that was going to win it and fortunately it was us."