Clevedon edge seven-goal derby

PUBLISHED: 14:38 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:38 13 November 2013

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Clevedon Town Under-18s defeated Portishead 4-3 in an exciting derby encounter.

Portishead Town Under-18s 3

Clevedon Town Under-18s 4

WITH both sides in the top four in the league, this was always going to be a close fought game.

Clevedon Town manager Mark Williams was also without eight of his squad as they were either selected for the Somerset County representative squad or had first team call-ups.

However, due to the strength and depth in the squad, Clevedon were still able to field a strong side. It turned out to be a game of two halves, with Clevedon dominating the majority of the first 45 minutes.

It was youngster Adam Sandy who stole the march for Clevedon, using his pace and finishing ability to slot the ball under the oncoming Portishead keeper. Portishead equalised when they stole the ball on the edge of the box and finished well.

Clevedon soon went 2-1 up after a set piece cross into the box found Liam Lester, who guided his diving header into the bottom corner. Clevedon went further ahead as the talented Joe Teall sent his free kick around the wall into the bottom corner.

Portishead heads did not drop and they themselves scored from a set piece after a free kick was deflected over the head of Town keeper by the Clevedon centre-half to make it 3-2 at half-time.

The second half saw Clevedon sit back and Portishead looked the most threatening for the first 20 minutes. However, it was Clevedon who went further ahead following a powerful header from a corner by Lester to claim his second and take the game to 4-2.

With 15 minutes to go, Portishead brought the game closer again after a deflected ball from a shot dropped to the striker to make the final score 4-3.


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