Clevedon Town suffer opening day defeat
PUBLISHED: 17:54 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:55 07 August 2018
Clevedon Town slipped to a 2-0 defeat away at Bitton on the opening day of the new Toolstation Western League Premier League season.
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Clevedon travelled to Bitton for the first game of the new Toolstation Western League Premier Division season with a youthful squad who competed well with their more experienced hosts, but conceded a goal in each half to come away with a 2-0 defeat.
Clevedon began the game kicking down the slope and created the first chance on three minutes when a throw-in found Lucas Vowles who played the ball across the edge of the box to Jack Sell to lay it back to Mitch Osmond whose shot was easily gathered by home keeper Daniel Worton.
Clevedon had to be grateful to Connor Sidley-Adams on 17 minutes when Mario Mateus managed to dispossess Harry Walton on the right before cutting into the box and seeing his shot pushed onto the post by the keeper.
Bitton took the lead in the 31st minute when Ben Bament collected the ball just outside the Clevedon box before cutting inside and hitting a shot back into the far corner of the net giving Sidley-Adams no chance.
Playing up the slope in the second half, Clevedon created a great chance on 49 minutes when Morgan Williams’ through ball found Vowles, but his shot went wide of the far post.
Clevedon were made to pay two minutes later when the home side doubled their lead. A long ball saw Sidley-Adams race out of his box to attempt to clear the danger, but Bament was quicker and flicked the ball past the keeper to score into an empty net.
Clevedon nearly pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute when Sell spotted the keeper off his line and the youngster’s attempted lob went narrowly wide of the post.
Following a substitution on 67 minutes Clevedon re-organised and sent Archie Ferris up front. A minute later, Sell did excellently to beat two players and cut back into the box before seeing his shot saved well at the near post.
A great move by Clevedon in the 79th minute saw substitute Ethan Feltham free and his cross was met perfectly by Ferris on the volley, but unfortunately the ball flew narrowly over the bar.
Clevedon are next in action tonight (Wednesday) when Brislington visit The Everyone Active Stadium with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Clevedon Town: C Sidley-Adams, T Baker, H Walton, H Smith, A Ferris, C Kingdon (c), M Davies (A Camm 72), M Osmond, L Vowles (G Hayer 67), M Williams (E Feltham 79), J Sell.