Below-par Clevedon beaten again as Bradford bank win
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 March 2019
Clevedon Town’s poor run of form in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division continued with a 2-0 home loss to Bradford Town.
The home side were quickly out of the blocks but could not convert several good chances in the opening quarter of an hour.
Man of the match Ryan Jones had a shot easily saved by Jordan Dibble in the first minute, while Syd Camper fired a free-kick over.
Lucas Vowles then teed up Harry Smith for a shot that was pushed wide by Dibble before Glen Hayer’s crossfield pass found Vowles on the left and his cross picked out Archie Ferris.
After Ferris laid the ball off to Ryan Jones, he set up George King but his close-range effort somehow cleared the bar.
Vowles collected a Sam Blackiston goal kick and cut inside Nick Pullman to force Dibble into another save, before Bradford threatened for the first time on 28 minutes.
Matt Morris cut in from the left to test Blackiston, who also kept out Will Hailstone’s far-post effort from the resulting corner.
A free-kick from Dan Cottle then evaded everyone in the Clevedon box and went just wide of the far post, while Danny Lock found Vowles on the left to cross to King, who shot over.
Hailstone found Martin Lenihan on the stroke of half time, but his shot was saved by Blackison, before the visitors took the lead in stoppage time as a corner from the left was swung into the box by Morris for Charlie Maddison to nod home.
Clevedon went close to levelling eight minutes after the restart as Ferris cut into the box and saw a cross deflect over Ryan Jones.
But Leon Greenland found Morris on the hour and his effort clipped the top of the crossbar, before Jack Witcombe somehow screwed a shot wide at the far post on 67 minutes.
Bradford doubled their lead soon after as Morris found Cottle whose shot was saved by Blackiston, before Hailstone smashed home the rebound.
Clevedon kept pushing and Alex Camm found Elliot Nicholson, whose header was blocked and his follow-up saved by Dibble.
Witcombe was sent off for a foul on Jones in injury time, but the hosts could not capitalise as they fell to a third successive defeat and seventh loss in nine.
They visit leaders Willand Rovers on Saturday (3pm).
Clevedon: Blackiston, Nicholson, Lock, Camper, Hayer, Kingdon, Jones, Smith (Holden 72), Ferris, King, Vowles (Camm 75). Unused sub: Wallis.