Clevedon Town claim points thanks to King stunner to climb up to sixth in table

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 April 2019

George King on the ball for Clevedon Town, watched by Sam Larkins (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

George King on the ball for Clevedon Town, watched by Sam Larkins (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

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Clevedon Town claimed a goal in each half to beat Buckland Athletic 2-1 and move up to sixth in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

Sam Bell on the ball, watched by Vincent Harper and Callum Kingdon (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Sam Bell on the ball, watched by Vincent Harper and Callum Kingdon (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Glen Hayer sent an early chance from Syd Camper's corner over the crossbar and Elliot Nicholson had a shot deflected over after debutant Vincent Harper and George King combined.

Archie Ferris hooked over from the corner, before Dylan Wallis was called into action to deny Ryan Bush at the other end.

And Clevedon took the lead on 19 minutes as King curled a 25-yard free-kick into the far corner, giving home keeper Adam Seedhouse-Evans no chance.

King saw a similar effort cleared, before Nathan Cooper had a shot deflected behind for the home side.

Elliot Nicholson on the ball for Clevedon Town (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Elliot Nicholson on the ball for Clevedon Town (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Chris Todd headed goalwards from a James Richards cross, but Ferris headed off the line and Clevedon went close as Camper crossed to the far post and saw Seedhouse-Evans spill the ball under pressure from Nicholson, before smothering.

Athletic levelled in the last minute of the first half when Hayer was penalised for a foul inside the box and Bush fired home from the spot.

Caught cold at the start of the second half in their last away game, Clevedon regained the lead on 49 minutes as King smashed a stunning shot into the top corner.

And they had a 15-minute spell of dominance, with Sam Bell firing wide and Nicholson finding the arms of the keeper.

Clevedon Town's Vincent Harper (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Clevedon Town's Vincent Harper (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Man of the match King teed up Bell for a shot that was deflected just wide, before Bell sent another attempt past the post.

But the home side still looked dangerous and Charlie Johansen had a shot blocked and sent the rebound just wide on 73 minutes.

Clevedon were reduced to 10 men when Bell was booked for kicking the ball away and sent off for his second yellow card.

And Buckland went close to a late leveller in the seventh minute of stoppage time when Connor Clifford let fly from 25 yards and saw the ball whistle narrowly wide of the target.

Clevedon return to the Everyone Active Stadium on Good Friday to host Hallen, then visit Cadbury Heath on Easter Monday, both at 3pm.

Clevedon Town: Wallis, Ferris, Harper, Kingdon, Larkins, Hayer, Nicholson (Holden 88), Smith, Bell, King (Vowles 90), Camper. Unused subs: Lock, Jones, Ashmead.

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