Town end poor home run in emphatic style

PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:50 27 October 2010

Matt Thorne scoring a penalty for Clevedon Town

Matt Thorne scoring a penalty for Clevedon Town


CLEVEDON Town finally ended their poor home run in emphatic style by beating Andover 5-0, recording their first home win in 23 competitive matches at the Hand Stadium, a run stretching back to November 2009.

With manager Micky Bell absent, Keith Welch was in charge of the team and they responded with an excellent performance against a young Andover side who offered little resistance on the day.

The home side dominated from the start with good efforts from Chas Hemmings and Lewis Ellis, before George Brimson was blocked in the penalty area in the 16th minute.

Matt Thorne converted the spot kickand six minutes later they doubled their lead when Kyle O’Donovan’s flick found Hemmings. His pass was smashed home by Brimson.

Clevedon were now in full control and passing the ball well and Sam Teale and Brimson both went close before Clevedon added a third goal in the 36th minute.

This time it was Ellis who went on a mazy run before his cross found Lloyd Mills, who slammed the ball past Barnett from the edge of the penalty area.

It was 44 minutes before Andover had their first real shot at goal, Jason Mellor comfortably saving Craig Davis’s shot.

The second half opened with Clevedon almost scoring when skipper Matt Townley’s free kick somehow eluded everybody before flashing past the post.

Hemmings had the next attempt before Andover had their best spell of the match, albeit a brief one, forcing several free kicks and going close when a goalmouth scramble ended when Teale blocked a shot on the line before it was scrambled away.

A fourth goal was scored when Brimson’s corner was powerfully headed home by Teale on 69 minutes. Clevedon were back on top with O’Donovan, Townley and substitute Johnny Moss all going close before Chris Brookman shot straight at Jason Mellor in a rare chance for the visitors.

The scoring continued as Hemmings scrambled home a Townley corner on 87 minutes. There was still time for Moss to test the keeper before the final whistle blew on a great day for Clevedon.

Match sponsors Avon Barrier Co Ltd man of the match went to Matt Townley.

Taunton Town 1 Clevedon Town 1

TOWN made the short trip down the M5 to Taunton in midweek and returned with a point from a 1-1 draw in a game that they probably should have won.

Taunton, having already gone close with a free kick, went ahead in the 12th minute with another free kick from Alexis Piper.

Ten minutes later though Taunton were down to 10 men as Ross Macnab was dismissed for kicking out at an opponent. This did little to stop the home side’s progress as they continued to push forward, but Clevedon’s defence held firm and reached half time just one goal down.

Mickey Bell made an immediate change at the start of the second half, bringing on Chas Hemmings in place of Matt Thorne.

Taunton could have gone further ahead when Piper’s shot rattled the bar. This lucky escape seemed to inspire the Seasiders who completely bossed the final 25 minutes.

The physical presence of Hemmings was causing problems for the Peacocks’ defence and in the 66th minute he scored a marvellous header, only to see it ruled out for offside.

Johnny Moss and Kyle O’Donovan came on to add more power and movement up front, and in the 81st minute Clevedon equalised when Kris Lee rode a tackle on the edge of the box and lobbed Taunton keeper Chris Astley.

Town had further chances through Lewis Ellis, Matt Townley, Moss and Hemmings, but in the end had to settle for the draw.

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