Town avoid relegation despite home defeat
PUBLISHED: 14:52 13 April 2011
LEVEDON Town entertained Taunton Town on the warmest afternoon of the year so far but, with their goalkeeping problems continuing, they went down 3-0 to their local rivals despite an encouraging performance.
CLEVEDON Town entertained Taunton Town on the warmest afternoon of the year so far but, with their goalkeeping problems continuing, they went down 3-0 to their local rivals despite an encouraging performance.
With new goalkeeper Ed Baldy apparently deciding to stay at Bradford Town, and regular Jason Mellor not yet fit enough to take his place in goal, last Saturday’s keeper, Jake Murray, played outfield and fellow defender Sam Teale took his place in goal.
Taunton opened in positive style but after James Blake spurned an opportunity, the Peacocks went ahead after five minutes when Darren Prices’corner curled in at the far post.
That stunned Clevedon into action and the unmarked Steve Kingdon should have equalised with a header from a free-kick in the 11th minute, while Kris Lee went close on three occasions. They went even closer to an equaliser when Chas Hemmings flicked Kris Lee’s corner on to the bar and Kingdon’s stinging shot from the rebound was well saved by Chris Astley in the visitor’s goal.
A Taunton breakaway saw James Blake pull back a cross from the goal line which was headed home comfortably by the unmarked Ross MacNab to make it 2-0 at the break.
The second half started in much the same way as the first, with Taunton going close on 53 minutes when Sam Teale did well to block substitute Corey Lewis’s effort, but Clevedon’s bad run of luck in front of goal continued as Hemming’s shot hit the post with the keeper beaten.
Lloyd Mills had a great shot well saved by Chris Astley as Clevedon sought a way back into the game. However it was not to be and, after the unusual sight of regular keeper Jason Mellor coming on as an outfield substitute for last Saturday’s keeper, Jake Murray, it was Taunton who finished the match off in the 87th minute when Corey Lewis slammed a shot past Sam Teale to make the final score 3-0 to the visitors.
With Andover’s defeat at Frome, Town are mathematically safe from relegation at least and the match at Andover next Saturday will be an interesting affair, despite not being crucial in terms of relegation places.