Late goal denies Seasiders a point

PUBLISHED: 14:36 07 February 2011

Zayne Simpson, Clevedon FC

Zayne Simpson, Clevedon FC

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CLEVEDON Town made the short trip to local rivals Mangotsfield and were denied a deserved Zamaretto League point by a last minute winner that gave the hosts a 2-1 victory.

CLEVEDON Town made the short trip to local rivals Mangotsfield and were denied a deserved Zamaretto League point by a last minute winner that gave the hosts a 2-1 victory.

Eleftherios Kendros made his debut at full-back in place of the injured Callum Fisher and Sam Teale and Craig Burchill returned to the starting line-up in place of Micky Bell and Reeko Best.

On a heavy pitch and with a strong wind blowing, it was always going to be hard to play good football, but Clevedon immediately took the game to Mangotsfield as a curling shot from Kyle O’Donovan was deflected for a corner by Scott Hendy.

Craig Burchill then played Chas Hemmings in behind the defence, but he completely missed his kick. Jason Mellor was then called into action with a diving save from Ollie Clarke.

Clevedon continued to push forward as Zayne Simpson hit a dangerous cross across the face of goal, and minutes later the same player took a pass from Kendros and beat Danny Greaves to put the Seasiders one up.

The home team replied with a Matt Groves shot before disaster struck for Clevedon in the 38th minute. As Lloyd Mills clashed in midfield with Geraint Bater, he was adjudged to have pushed the former Seasider and was shown a red card. Just before the break, Mellor made a great double save in a goalmouth scramble to secure Clevedon’s lead at half-time.

Mangotsfield came out fired-up for the second half and attacked the 10 men with vigour. Sam Teale blocked one effort and Steve Kingdon hooked another goal-bound shot off the line.

On the hour, Mangotsfield introduced two subs who were to change the game. One of these, Nuno Felix, hit a long-range shot which Mellor got down well to save. Then minutes later Felix turned Kendros just inside the box and went to ground to earn a penalty, which was converted by Neil Arndale.

Simpson briefly relieved the pressure with another curling shot, before Mangotsfield’s other substitute Mitchell Page had a header saved by man-of–the-match Mellor and was denied again minutes later by the keeper as Mellor blocked Page’s shot.

Liam Knight won a free kick for Clevedon as he was dragged back by Hendy, but Simpson blasted it over the bar. Soon after, a Chas Hemmings free kick was deflected over. As they committed men forward for the corner, Clevedon were caught on the break as another sub, Kyle Tooze crossed for Felix to hammer home the winner for Mangotsfield.


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