Clevedon come from behind to get better of Bridport in another seven-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 September 2019
Clevedon Town came from behind to claim victory over Bridport in a seven-goal Toolstation Western League Premier Division thriller on Saturday.
They began well and saw Jay Murray have an early effort saved, while Callum Kingdon headed just wide.
Lucas Vowles curled a shot wide and was denied by the legs of Scott Wells-Burr, before the visitors took the lead against the run of play on 15 minutes.
Tom Creed produced a superb reaction save to keep out Lewis Clarke's point-blank header, but Joel Hewitt forced home the loose ball.
The Seasiders were back on terms five minutes later, though, as George King's defence-splitting pass sent Vowles away to fire past Wells-Burr.
But Bridport were back ahead on 23 mintues as Clarke found Callum Thompson in the box and he went down under the challenge of Elliot Nicholson, with Clarke firing home from the spot.
Ethan Feltham headed wide from a King corner, while Zach Drew had a shot blocked by Nathan Warren after Vowles beat Josh Phillips and picked him out.
A long ball by Finlay Biggs was flicked by Vowles into the arms of Wells-Burr, but the visitors went close before the break as Thompson fired just wide and then smashed a free-kick against the crossbar.
Clevedon squared matters on 52 minutes as Drew cut in and found Murray at the far post to head home and Murray fired just over after swapping passes with Nicholson a minute later.
Hewitt hit a post for Bridport on 62 minutes, before King found Syd Camper, who picked out Volwes to beat his man and cut inside to place a shot past Wells-Burr.
Dan Ferguson was sin-binned on 71 minutes, though, and Bridport made it 3-3 soon after as Hewitt prodded home.
But Clevedon claimed their winner with 12 minutes left as man of the match Vowles burst forward and found Murray, who crossed for King to sweep home.
Nathaniel Groom went close to a fifth in the last minute, denied by a goalline clearance from Jacob Coombs, and Camper hit a post after a one-two with Murray, but Clevedon took the points to climb to third and visit Buckland Athletic on Saturday (3pm).
Clevedon: Creed, Nicholson, Biggs, Smith (Groom 82), Kingdon, Ferguson, Murray, Drew (Williams 63), Vowles, King, Feltham (Camper 63). Unused subs: Twiggs, Sandford.