Clevedon Town bid to bounce back at Bridgwater after sinking to Chipping Sodbury
PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 February 2019
Clevedon Town will be hoping for a much-improved display at Bridgwater Town on Friday (7.45pm), after suffering a 4-0 home loss to Chipping Sodbury.
The visitors coped better with the conditions, after recent heavy rain, to score twice in each half and claim all three points.
And they could have taken the lead within two minutes as a corner led to a scramble in the box before James Kenway’s shot was deflected behind.
Kenway blasted over from the corner, while Clevedon’s Tyler Ashmead had a scuffed shot saved by the legs of Ross Grimshaw, who also denied Harry Smith.
The first goal came on 11 minutes as Luke Burman had time to control a cross from the right, turn and place a left-footed shot inside the far post, giving Sam Blackiston no chance.
And Clevedon’s Archie Ferris saw an attempted lob gathered by Grimshaw before the visitors went 2-0 up on 14 minutes as Harvey Baker received the ball on the edge of the box and stroked it into the far corner.
It could have been worse for Clevedon on 32 minutes as George Box was played through, but his shot went over the bar.
The hosts began the second half knowing an early goal would give them a good chance of still getting something from the game and on 50 minutes Liam Dempsey’s cross found Ferris, who was tackled just as he was about to shoot.
Jack Sell’s free-kick was then blocked soon after, with Alex Camm forcing Grimshaw to scramble across his goal to make the save.
It was 3-0 just before the hour, though, as Sam Taylor was fought in space on the right and cut into the box for Baker to tap home.
And Joe White jut failed to make contact at close range when Box crossed from the right on 69 minutes.
Smith’s cross found Ferris to head over for Clevedon soon after, before substitute Lucas Vowles curled a free-kick around the wall for Grimshaw to push just wide.
But Chipping Sodbury sealed the points on 78 minutes when Box cut into the area and placed the ball past Blackiston for his side’s fourth goal.
Vowles show wide late on and had a free-kick deflected to the far post when Dempsey’s header could not find a team-mate.
Dempsey then sent a 25-yard drive wide in the last minute to cap a frustrating day.
Clevedon: Blackison, Ashmead, Nichols (Vowles 62), Kingdon, Hayer, Lock, Camm, Dempsey, Ferris, Smith, Sell (Feltham 62). Unused subs: Wallis, Baker, Camper.