Town earn valuable home point

PUBLISHED: 14:34 07 February 2011

Cameron Ricketts, Clevedon FC

Cameron Ricketts, Clevedon FC

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CLEVEDON Town welcomed Abingdon United for their first ever visit to the Hand Stadium and won a valuable point from a hard-working 2-2 draw to move up one place in the Zamaretto League table.

CLEVEDON Town welcomed Abingdon United for their first ever visit to the Hand Stadium and won a valuable point from a hard-working 2-2 draw to move up one place in the Zamaretto League table.

Cameron Ricketts returned to the starting line up in place of the injured Jonny Moss, fit again Chas Hemmings came back into midfield, and there were debuts for new signing Reeko Best up front and manager Micky Bell in midfield.

Clevedon took an early lead in the 13th minute when a Kyle O’Donovan cross was headed in at the far post by Cameron Ricketts. O’Donovan then glanced a header wide from a Zayne Simpson cross, and minutes later skewed a shot wide.

But on 37 minutes the Seasiders were rewarded for their dominance when a defence-splitting pass from O’Donovan put Hemmings through and he coolly slotted beat Abingdon keeper Jon Beames to double Clevedon’s lead.

Two minutes Abingdon equalised against the run of play, when Jason Mellor pushed a shot from John Mills onto the bar and Graham Lewis lashed the loose ball into the net to make the half-time score 2-1 to Clevedon.

Abingdon attacked with vigour after the restart and their pressure finally told in the 56th minute when Graham Lewis scored the equaliser.

Having been camped in their own half for over 20 minutes Clevedon finally broke away through Zayne Simpson. His cross found Best unmarked at the back post, but the youngster skied his shot and the chance was gone.

Mellor had to be alert to block a goal-bound effort from Harper before Liam Knight, on as a substitute for Micky Bell, tested Beames with a long range shot of his own.

In the dying minutes Mellor made a great save from a volley by Lewis to deny him his hat-trick and secure a valuable point for the Seasiders.


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