Bishops slam four past Town

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 March 2011

Clevedon Town v Bishops Cleeve

Clevedon Town v Bishops Cleeve

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CLEVEDON Town succumbed to their second 4-1 defeat in four days as they lost out to Bishops Cleeve in a Zamaretto Southern League match at the Hand Stadium on Tuesday night.

Clevedon Town 1

Bishops Cleeve 4

CLEVEDON Town succumbed to their second 4-1 defeat in four days as they lost out to Bishops Cleeve in a Zamaretto Southern League match at the Hand Stadium on Tuesday night.

The home side brought in Lee Matthews in place of the injured Jason Mellor in goal and Leigh Edwards-Samuels was handed his first start for the club, with Josh Ford also returning to the starting line-up.

The first half was played at a fast and furious pace throughout but for all the effort put in by the sides there were few scoring opportunities created by either side.

Having said that, the first real shot of the match in the seventh minute led to the opening goal, when Elliott Kennedy beat Matthews to put the visitors ahead. Clevedon settled after that goal and put together some fine moves, but ultimately these failed to result in shots on target.

On 31 minutes the visitors went further ahead when a defensive muddle led to Timothy Haddock slipping the ball into an empty net. This handed the initiative to Bishops Cleeve and they had further chances to increase the scoring before half-time through Kennedy and Haddock, the latter being denied by a fine save by Matthews.

The second half started in similar fashion and the visitors could have doubled their lead in the opening few minutes with Smith and Alsop both going close. However, Clevedon got back into the game on 56 minutes when Reeko Best and Edwards-Samuels combined well down the right before crossing for Kyle O’Donovan to slot the ball past Thomas King in the visitor’s goal to make it 2-1.

The game grew more intense after that as Clevedon went in search of an equaliser, but it was Bishops Cleeve who went close when Haddock was denied by a good save from Matthews.

They were not to be denied and went 3-1 ahead on 73 minutes. A cross field pass from the right found Haddock on his own and he advanced to fire past Matthews. Five minutes later it was 4-1 when substitute Alex Sykes was allowed to head a cross back across goal and into the far side of the net.


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