Honours even against Mangotsfield

PUBLISHED: 14:54 07 November 2012

Reeko Best scoring.

Reeko Best scoring.

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Clevedon Town were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Mangotsfield United.

CLEVEDON TOWN 2

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED 2

AFTER tremendous work by the ground staff in preparing the pitch, the Evo-Stik Southern League game went ahead as scheduled.

Both teams were well aware of each others capabilities, following the Red Insure Cup midweek game at Cossham Street.

The hosts had the first chance on nine minutes when Bawan Husain threaded the ball through to Cameron Ricketts, who in turn passed to Dave Stone, the final shot however was just wide of the far post.

On 13 minutes, Stone was brought down in the box by Shaun Lamb, the referee immediately awarded a penalty, Stone took the spot kick, but put the ball the wrong side of the post.

Clevedon deservedly took the lead three minutes later when a long clearance from Ricketts found Reeko Best. He set off on a mazy run through the visitors defence and slotted the ball past Kevin Sawyer to put the home side in front.

Both sides came alive after this and on 25 minutes, Mangotsfield had a perfect chance to get back into the game when Lamb put in a perfect cross to Josh Klein-Davies, but the danger was cleared by the defence.

The visitors levelled when a corner taken by Matt Thorne found the head of Ryan Bennett and he made no mistake.

The second half started in frantic fashion with both sides looking to dominate and it was the visitors who gained the upper hand when, under pressure, the home defence saw a speculative shot from Ben Hunt bounce off Gianni Kapika for an own goal.

Clevedon stepped up the pressure and played their usual passing game and the tactic paid off when successive runs by Ricketts, Kapika and Stone almost brought the equaliser.

The home supporters were rewarded in the 80th minute when a long ball from the defence found Best clear. His shot bounced off the keeper and Stone, some 40 yards out, picked up the loose ball and lobbed it back over the head of the retreating Sawyer to bring the scores level.

Both sides tried everything to score the winning goal without success and the final whistle came with the home side still on the attack.

Clevedon Town man of the match was Bawan Hussain.

On Saturday, Clevedon are home to Bishops Cleeve, kick-off 3pm.

MANGOTSFIELD UNITED 2

CLEVEDON TOWN 1

CLEVEDON returned to Cossham Street for a re-arranged Red Insure Cup tie against Mangotsfield when the floodlights failed at the start of extra time.

The visitors came closest to opening the scoring when a rasping free kick from Scott Murray shaved the hosts’ crossbar.

With efforts from Bobby Medjeoub, Aarno Robbins and Dave Stone dealt with by Kevin Sawyer in the home goal and Dylan Castanheira, for the visitors, pulling off fine saves, the half ended in stalemate at 0-0.

After the break, the visitors put the home defence under pressure and a mix-up left Reeko Best the easiest of tap-ins for the opener.

In the 71st minute, Clevedon gave away a free-kick and from Aaron Hopkinson’s kick, Lee Marshall brought the scores level.

With the game was drifting towards extra time again, Clevedon’s Dan Williams’ shot hit both posts before being cleared. While the visiting supporters were lamenting the miss, Sawyer cleared the ball upfield to Josh Klein-Davies, who rounded the only Clevedon defender and slipped the ball past the advancing Castanheira to put the home side into the second round.

Clevedon Town man of the match was Dylan Castanheira.


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