Clevedon Town old boys come back to haunt former club as Hallen claim points

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 October 2019

Jay Murray scores for Clevedon against Hallen (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Jay Murray scores for Clevedon against Hallen (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

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Clevedon Town slipped to a 4-2 home defeat against Hallen in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, after three of the visiting team's goals were scored by ex-Seasiders.

Zach Drew on the ball for Clevedon, watched by George King and Finlay Biggs (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Zach Drew on the ball for Clevedon, watched by George King and Finlay Biggs (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

The hosts took the lead on 21 minutes with a great solo effort by Zach Drew, who curled a right-footed shot past a diving Liam MacFarlane.

Drew went close to repeating the trick a minute later, firing just wide, but Matt Davis clipped the outside of a post for hallen.

The visitors drew level two minutes before the break when Kyle Thomas found fellow Town old boy Aron Robbins on the left and he cut into the box to beat Mike Dangerfield.

Clevedon went close to regaining the lead two minutes after the restart as a George King corner was headed just wide.

Lucas Vowles attacks for Clevedon (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Lucas Vowles attacks for Clevedon (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

But they went 2-1 up on 52 minutes when Lucas Vowles found King on the left and he switched play to the right, where Jay Murray took the ball in his stride, cut into the box and sent a firm right-footed shot into the far corner of the net.

Drew and King went close to extending Clevedon's lead, but Hallen levelled on 64 minutes when former Town player Luke Hall-Cousins saw his header nodded off the line by Archie Ferris and the referee ruled the ball hit Ryan Sandford's arm.

Thomas converted from the spot against his old club and then saw Robbins tap in the third goal on 71 minutes, as Dangerfield spilled a free-kick under pressure.

Dan Ferguson's last-ditch tackle denied Robbins a certain goal on 83 minutes and Clevedon went close to equalising when Sandford swapped passes with Murray and MacFarlane made a good save.

Ethan Feltham on the ball (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Ethan Feltham on the ball (pic www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Sandford and Callum Kingdon then combined to set up Ferris, who was beaten by MacFarlane's brave dive, and Hallen made sure of the points in the last minute of normal time when substitute Ed Bamfo cut into the box from the right to fire past Dangerfield.

Victory allowed Hallen to move above Clevedon into fourth place in the table and the Seasiders will look to bounce back when they host Brislington on Saturday (3pm).

*Clevedon lost 5-4 on penalties to Keynsham Town in the Somerset Premier Cup after their first-round tie ended in a 3-3 draw.

Vowles, King and Ethan Feltham all netted, before the visitors had two players sent off but won the shoot-out.

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