Hospital Cup victory for United

PUBLISHED: 15:03 20 April 2011

Clevedon United Reserves celebrate

Clevedon United Reserves celebrate

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Clevedon United Reserves have just completed a hat-trick of divisional cup final victories.

CAPTAIN Ben Burns held aloft the Division 1 Hospital Cup trophy after a stirring fightback after coming from behind to win 2-1.

In the last three seasons, United have now contested the cup final of the third, second and first divisions after gaining back to back promotions.

Joint managers Allan Finnie and Paul Wilkinson were delighted with the response of their players after a slow start which saw Nailsea take the lead when their centre forward placed a low shot past Rob Banks.

It took a couple of ferocious tackles in midfield from Mike Lowis and Nick Lee to gee Clevedon up and the rest of the team began to grow in confidence. Man of the match Mike Banks got United back in the game when he was put through on goal by Lowis, only to be brought down inside the box and awarded a penalty.

George Poole stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way. Banks then hit the crossbar just before half-time after a fine flowing move.

Clevedon continued to up the pace in the second half with Craig Manson, Nathan Price and Paul Williams rock solid in defence. Huxtable, Lowis and Burns were comfortably in control and continued to feed Banks, Greenslade and Lee up front.

The breakthrough came when 16-year-old sub Dan Blackhall was brought on to add some more energy to United’s cause. Blackhall’s first touch was to beat his marker and his header was flicked on first time by Banks.

Chris Greenslade picked up the flick on and shrugged off Nailsea’s centre back before drilling the ball home under the keeper. The pace of Clevedon’s front three was causing Nailsea all sorts of problems.

Town pushed men forward in an attempt to equalise but United were too strong at the back and were able to see out the rest of the game to earn a well-deserved cup final victory.

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