Seasiders see winless streak stretched by Brislington loss
PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 October 2019
Clevedon Town's winless run stretched to five matches with a 2-0 home defeat to Brislington in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Saturday.
They began well and George King curled a free-kick just wide to the relief of former Town keeper Jason Matthews.
But the visitors took the lead on seven minutes when Tristan Plummer went down under the challenge of Elliot Nicholson and saw brother Neikell, a former Seasider, send Mike Dangerfield the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Clevedon had a chance to level on 14 minutes when Nicholson ran clear but he fired over and he sent a left-foot shot narrowly wide soon after.
Lucas Vowles teed up man of the match Zach Drew midway through the half, but his fierce drive was well saved by Matthews, who produced an excellent, acrobatic fingertip save to keep out Nicholson on 31 minutes.
Morgan Williams chested a long ball from King into the path of Vowles, who fired just over, and the striker saw another effort blocked by Danny Barwood.
Williams crossed to the far post where Drew fired over and Vowles sent a left-footed shot wide in stoppage time, before Matthews pushed out King's effort and Sam Larkins had a shot from the corner deflected over.
Clevedon's hopes of getting back on terms in the second half were dashed just two minutes after the restart as Michael Rimmer's corner found Kristian Miller rising unchallenged to head past Dangerfield to double Brislington's advantage.
Clevedon kept pushing and Vowles saw a header from an Alex Twiggs free-kick gathered by Williams on 57 minutes.
Drew's free-kick then found debutant Sam Iles at the far post on 74 minutes, but with the goal at his mercy, his downward header clipped the crossbar.
Vowles had another shot blocked by Mitch Greenslade, but a break on the Brislington left by Jayden Neilsen led to Mason Dagger firing into the arms of Dangerfield.
One final chance in the last minute of normal time saw Vowles send a shot on the turn wide of the mark and they will hope for better when they visit Bath to take on Odd Down on Saturday (3pm).
Clevedon: Dangerfield, Twiggs (Sandford 72), Iles, Kingdon, Larkins (Groom 82), Ferguson, Nicholson (Murray 64), Williams, Vowles, King, Drew. Unused subs: Biggs, Bayliss.