Seasiders stretch unbeaten run as Nicholson strikes late to hold Cadbury Heath hosts
PUBLISHED: 18:01 27 November 2019 | UPDATED: 18:01 27 November 2019
Clevedon Town stretched their unbeaten run to five matches thanks to an injury-time goal at Toolstation Western League Premier Division rivals Cadbury Heath on Saturday.
Elliot Nicholson fired straight at home keeper Oliver Jones on seven minutes, before Jay Murray swapped passes with Dan Ferguson but his cross could not find a teammate.
Murray fired against the foot of a post from Nicholson's cross on 18 minutes, before Heath took the lead as Eli Nichols picked out Matt Huxley, whose deflected effort gave Mike Dangerfield no chance.
The Seasiders were back on level terms just two minutes later as Dangerfield's goal kick found Lucas Vowles to round Jones, after a mix-up with Matt Binding, and slot into the empty net.
But Heath regained the lead on 29 minutes when a corner found Harry Goidspink, who crossed for Enis Akgun to tee up Huxley for a tap-in.
Nicholson fired high over the bar after cutting inside from the left, while Huxley saw a chance to complete his hat-trick go begging as he headed over at the far post from Akgun's cross.
Vowles saw a free-kick deflect wide off the defensive wall and Zach Drew was denied by a timely challenge from Goidspink, after a cross from Nicholson, as the half drew to a close.
Clevedon dominated the second half, but were frustrated time and again, with Vowles crowded out from George King's free-kick.
Alex Twiggs went on a long run from the back on 52 minutes before forcing Jones into a save low to his left, while man of the match Morgan Williams fired over after King and Drew combined.
Nicholson's shot from another Drew cross was blocked, but Nichols fired at Dangerfield as Heath rallied.
Vowles then headed just wide from Nicholson's cross on 86 minutes and Clevedon had penalty claims waved away when Vowles went down in the box, before Jones saved from Nicholson.
But it was all square in the 92nd minute as King's long ball found Vowles and Nicholson, after his first effort led to a scramble, backheeled home to level.
Clevedon are set to host Tavistock in the Les Phillips Cup on Wednesday (7.30pm) and welcome Westbury United on Saturday (3pm).
Clevedon: Dangerfield, Twiggs (Aldom 65), Nicholson, Kingdon, Ferguson (Larkins 85), Hayer, Murray (Biggs 65), Williams, Vowles, King, Drew. Unused subs: Bayliss, Groom.