Town finish on a high note

PUBLISHED: 15:15 27 April 2011

Sam Teale.

Sam Teale.


Clevedon Town end their season with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Bideford.



CLEVEDON Town completed their league campaign with an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Bideford in the Easter sunshine.

Clevedon should have gone ahead in the first minute when Reeko Best charged through the Bideford defence but shot wide of the target. Kevin Squire then spurned two good opportunities for the visitors before Best again attacked the Bideford defence at pace but his shot was blocked and Chris Gale was unable to turn the loose ball into the net.

Just before the break, Best got the reward that his play deserved when he received a long pass, lobbed the bouncing ball over the advancing Bideford keeper and followed up to head into the empty net.

However, Clevedon’s lead lasted barely two minutes as Bideford hit straight back when the defence failed to deal with a cross and Matt Hockley was on hand to blast the loose ball home.

From the kick-off, Bideford won possession and almost took the lead, but Clevedon’s players’ player of the season, Jason Mellor, pulled off a great save from Squire to keep the scores level at the break.

Just after the restart, Mellor again foiled Squire as he tipped the forward’s powerful shot over the bar. Chas Hemming replied with a free kick that was too close to Bideford custodian Matt Armstrong-Ford.

Mellor then denied Matt Downing before Squire finally got the better of his duel with Mellor when the Clevedon keeper could only push a shot from Matt Andrew away and Squire reacted first to slot the ball home and put the visitors 2-1 ahead.

The Seasiders continued working hard and went close when a free kick was headed on by Steve Kingdon to Chas Hemmings, who headed wide when well placed. Deep into time added on Clevedon got their equaliser from the penalty spot.

Substitute Matt Corner played a lovely ball into another substitute, Craig Burchill, who took the ball round his marker before the defender used his hand to stop the ball.

Chas Hemmings stepped up and confidently buried the penalty kick to earn the Seasiders a deserved draw and end their season on a high.

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