Town give high-flyers a fright

PUBLISHED: 19:24 25 April 2011

Cameron Ricketts.

Cameron Ricketts.

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Clevedon Town took the lead against second-placed Sholing, before conceding two second half goal.

SHOLING 2

CLEVEDON TOWN 1

CLEVEDON Town returned to Hampshire for their final Zamaretto League away game of the season to play second-placed Sholing, and gave their promotion-chasing hosts a real shock as they acquitted themselves well in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Craig Burchill replaced Cameron Ricketts in the only change to the starting eleven.

On a blistering hot afternoon, Clevedon’s pace up front caused the Sholing defence some early problems as Reeko Best charged down a back-pass and nearly scored off his backside and minutes later hit a long-range effort just over the bar.

The hosts struggled to get into top gear, only conjuring up half chances, and Clevedon took full advantage by going one up on 23 minutes when Chas Hemmings set up Lloyd Mills to score from 20 yards.

Mills had another chance to score, but just before half-time Steve Kingdon had to be alert to block a shot from Sholing captain Kevin Gibbens as the Seasiders went into the break 1-0 up.

After the break, Sholing put Clevedon under intense pressure in the stifling heat, but failed to make a breakthrough. Clevedon substitute Cameron Ricketts relieved the pressure when he went on a mazy dribble into the box and was unfortunate to hit a defender with his shot.

Sholing came back at the Seasiders and got the equaliser on 68 minutes when a defence-splitting pass found McLean who beat Jason Mellor. Soon after Mellor made a great fingertip save from Lee Wort to keep Clevedon level.

More pressure from the hosts led to a second goal on 74 minutes when a free kick was flicked onto the bar and Dave Marden reacted quickest to tap the rebound home.

Mellor more a great savae from McLean and a effort from Wort sailed over the bar as

Sholing decided to shut up shop and hold on to their precious 2-1 victory.

Clevedon Town’s Under-18s play ther last home game in the Somerset Premier League when they play Bitton at the Hand Stadium tomorrow (Thurs) at 7.45pm.

It has been a good season or the local youngsters and a lot of them have been pushed into the senior side this term. There is a second spot going up for grabs and with Town well up in the mix, this will be a great game of local football.

For further details contact Pat O’Brien on 07765 450391.

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