Clevedon United back on top of the league

PUBLISHED: 14:45 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:45 11 March 2015

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Clevedon United returned to the top of the league after a close victory over third-placed Wells.

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UNITED went back to the top of the table with three games in hand after a tight victory at third-placed Wells.

The inspirational Andy Woodlands was man of the match after a fine display. James Dunn made some vital saves, while Chris Thomas and Mark Harris were solid with Woodlands at the back, with Ben Pavey also having a fine game.

After the break, the midfield of Chris Wall, Nick Austin and Luke Hyde battled tirelessly, and it was from a Wall tackle that United broke free. The ball ended up at Mike Purnells feet, who made no mistake with his finish.

A few more chances went begging and Dan Fowler should have scored a second half hat-trick.

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THE poor condition of the pitch levelled out the standard of the teams, despite Clevedon dominating possession.

The first-half was all Clevedon, but they missed numerous chances to take the lead.

The second period was much the same. James Sas and Sam Shipway were solid at the heart of defence, a strong midfield of Callum Dunn, George Poole, Nicky Lee and Chris Salad were dominant.

Callum Dunn finally broke the deadlock when he curled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards and when Lee was impeded in the box, he despatched the resulting penalty.

A moment of slackness let Burnham back into the game, with Mark Jordan unlucky not to have saved, but United held on to for the win.

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UNITED progressed to the semi-finals of the cup with a victory over the league leaders.

Keeper James Northcott was kept was busy and Lee Barrett was exceptional in defence, supported by Tony Gibson. Craig Charlton was superb, running the midfield, and it was his pass that released Mike Chinway to open the scoring.

Chinway then set up Ricky Smith for a tap-in and when Chinway was fouled in the box, Charlton made no mistake from the spot. Sporting pulled one back, but Smith scored late on to seal the win.

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Clevedon Utd B 3

CLEVEDON wrapped up the league title with a convincing win over second-placed Nailsea.

Chris’s Connors took on the roll of goalkeeper, the club secretary putting down the pen and picking up the gloves. Piers McBride, Marc Jenkins, Liam Denver, Wayne Burgess and Mark Welch all had fine games.

Veteran Sam Dix opened the scoring with a great strike, before Burgess added a second before half-time. After the break, Luke Rowlands finished nicely from a Lucas Malinowski cross.

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