Clevedon hold out with 10 men

PUBLISHED: 14:49 16 November 2011


Clevedon United progress in the Knockout Cup, despite being reduced to 10 men in the second half.

Clevedon Utd Res 4

Kewstoke Lions 3

DIVISION 2 leaders Kewstoke came to the Vale for this Knockout Cup match looking to continue their unbeaten run, but suffered their first defeat of the season.

The scoreline suggested a close affair, but Clevedon only let the visitors into the game when they were reduced to 10 men in the second half.

United’s front two of Russ Gregory and Nick Lee combined well all day and were a handful for Kewstoke. Ben Pavey’s ball forward was flicked on by Gregory and Lee hit a first-time half-volley past the keeper to open the scoring.

Pavey then supplied again as he drilled a low corner at the near post and Luke Hyde slotted home from a tight angle. Hyde then turned provider with good link-up play in midfield as he slid a ball through the centre backs that Lee raced onto and slot past the keeper.

Kewstoke replied with a goal a minute into the second half after a poor headed 
clearance fell kindly to their striker who had an easy finish. To the visitors’ frustration, Clevedon then carved them open from the restart as Lee released Hyde and his first time cross was flicked past the keeper at the front post by man of the match Gregory.

The game quickly boiled over after the tackling had become a little heated and United went down to 10 men. Kewstoke were able to capitalise with two quick goals as the hosts reshuffled, but Clevedon showed a great team spirit and held on well defensively to see out the game.

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