Clevedon Town make short work of rivals to get Western League bid back on track

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 April 2019

Clevedon Town line up with Nailsea United Juniors under-nines (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Clevedon Town line up with Nailsea United Juniors under-nines (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

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Clevedon Town got back to winning ways in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division with a 3-0 success over Shortwood United at the weekend.

Clevedon Town's George King on the ball against Shortwood United (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Clevedon Town's George King on the ball against Shortwood United (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

After a slow start, man of the match George King forced a comfortable save from Adam Clark after a one-two with Syd Camper on 13 minutes.

And Clevedon went close again five minutes later when Elliot Nicholson cut in from the right but saw Clark tip his shot onto the inside of a post.

Archie Ferris saw a cross, aimed at King, cut out by Clark before the visitors had their first chance as Levi Matthews centred for Rendijs Kalnis, who was denied by Sam Larkins.

A strong run by Harry Smith found King in the box and his shot on the turn was tipped over by Clark, but the hosts took the lead on 26 minutes as Will Mann’s throw found King, who swivelled to smash an unstoppage shot into the top corner.

Clevedon Town's Syd Camper in action against Shortwood United (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Clevedon Town's Syd Camper in action against Shortwood United (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

Nicholson was just off target soon after, while Clark saved well from King after Smith’s lovely ball into the box.

But Clevedon doubled their lead on 51 minutes, after Dylan Wallis had gathered Taylor Marsh’s weak header at the other end, when Clark picked up a backpass under pressure from Ferris.

King teed up Samper at the indirect free-kick to smash the ball home from just outside the six-yard box.

Smith and Ferris were wide and high with further efforts around the hour mark, but Clevedon went 3-0 up on 65 minutes with a great solo effort as Mann cut in from the right and curled a left-footed shot past Clark’s dive.

Mike Aitken from Clevedon Town walking football presents Callum Kingdon with his March player of the month award (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)Mike Aitken from Clevedon Town walking football presents Callum Kingdon with his March player of the month award (pic courtesy of www.pitchero.com/clubs/clevedontown)

And the hosts went close to a fourth moments later as King fired against the foot of a post from the edge of the box.

Shortwood kept plugging away and Kalnis fired over before Lee Bowles shot wide.

Ethan Feltham saw his effort pushed wide by Clark, under pressure from fellow substitute Ryan Jones, before Clevedon had the ball in the net again.

Mitch Osmond’s corner found Feltham for a bullet header, which appeared to bounce behind the line after hitting the crossbar, but was not seen by the officials.

Glen Hayer headed wide from another Osmond corner late on and Clark saved a free-kick but Clevedon banked the points ahead of a trip to Buckland Athletic on Saturday (3pm).

Clevedon: Wallis, Mann, Lock, Kingdon, Hayer, Larkins, Nicholson, Smith (Osmond 76), Ferris (Feltham 76), King, Camper (Jones 68). Attendance: 125.

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