Seasiders scuppered by late penalty

PUBLISHED: 12:09 14 February 2011

Lloyd Mills, Clevedon FC.

Lloyd Mills, Clevedon FC.

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CLEVEDON Town made the short trip to Almondsbury and, despite playing some excellent passing football, lost 1-0 to a late penalty in their latest Zamaretto League encounter.

CLEVEDON Town made the short trip to 
Almondsbury and, despite playing some 
excellent passing football, lost 1-0 to a late penalty in their latest Zamaretto League encounter.

Eleftherios Kendros and Jake Murray both returned at full-back and Cameron Ricketts was back on the wing. Zayne Simpson and Johnny Moss were named as substitutes.

Clevedon dominated the early exchanges and on five minutes, a Reeko Best cross was cleared to Lloyd Mills, whose return shot grazed the outside of the post.

Minutes later, another Best cross caused panic in the home defence as Cameron Ricketts and Kyle O’Donovan both had shots blocked before the ball was cleared.

The home team’s first effort on goal came on the half-hour when captain Scott Brice’s header from a corner was headed off the line by Steve Kingdon. Half chances followed for both sides as Kendros almost played O’Donovan through on goal and at the other end a Dale Peckham header went straight at Clevedon custodian Jason Mellor, but the first half ended with no goals.

The second half began with Best turning his marker and running at goal, but his low shot went just wide. Ross Stearn then whipped in a dangerous ball across the Seasiders’ area. On 58 minutes the hard-working O’Donovan got to the goal line and cut the ball back to Ricketts, but he passed to Best instead of shooting.

On 73 minutes, Almonds’ substitute Dean Griffiths put in a lovely cross which Josh Klein-Davis met with a 
diving header that Mellor saved superbly low down to his left. Five minutes later Clevedon substitute Zayne Simpson found Chas Hemmings on the edge of the box and he hit a vicious swirling shot that looked in all the way until Jones tipped the ball over the bar.

A few minutes later the agony of that miss was intensified when a long ball found Griffiths unmarked in the Clevedon box and as Mellor rushed out to deny him, he brought the forward down. Stearn duly converted the 
penalty to put Almondsbury ahead against the run of play.

The Seasiders tried hard for an equaliser and came close as O’Donovan set up sub Johnny 
Moss whose shot was blocked. Almondsbury sub Mike Whittington drew a decent save from Mellor, but there were no further goals and the game ended with a 1-0 victory to the home side.

n Clevedon Town have no league fixture on Saturday and in view of this, manager Micky Bell and Exeter City first team coach Andy Tilson have arranged a friendly fixture scheduled for tomorrow night (Thurs) at the Hand Stadium (7.30pm).

Micky said: “A number of my 
players are young and have had to step up a level this season, they have done extremely well giving me 100 per cent and are learning match by match which is pleasing.”

The Exeter City squad is expected to bring not only youth team players, but also professionals in and around the current first team.


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