Town held at home in basement battle

PUBLISHED: 15:09 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:10 04 March 2015

Tim Parker.

Tim Parker.


Clevedon Town let slip a two-goal lead in this bottom of the table clash against Bishops Cleeve.



IN THIS bottom of the table clash, the home supporters were looking for an improvement on last week’s performance.

At the outset, things were going well with Tim Parker putting an effort just wide of the far post and Joe Swift with a free-kick that looked as though it was curling in until a great save from Matthew Gould in the visitors’ goal, tipped the ball round the post.

On 25 minutes, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Nathan Summers was given his marching orders for an elbow in the face of Swift.

The hosts took the lead in time added on at the end of the half when Ben Bament was put clear by a through ball from Parker and was left with an easy effort to slip the ball past Gould in to the net.

The second half followed a similar pattern as the first with several chances being created at both ends, but with no-one able to convert into goals. On 73 minutes, the hosts looked to have wrapped the game up when a Swift pass to Parker was mis-hit, the ball fell to Bament, who emphatically put the ball away to double the score.

The celebrations were short-lived as on 78 minutes a mistake in midfield allowed Bishops Cleeve to progress upfield and Ed Major slipped the ball past Kane Mannings for a simple effort.

Shortly after the restart, a speculative shot from out wide by Jack Watts hit Ben Maguire on the back of his heel to wrong-foot Mannings in the home goal and bring the scores level.

Despite a spirited last 10 minutes from both sides, neither of them was able to find the winning goal.

Clevedon Town: K Mannings, K Thomas, L McCaughey, K Gazzard, A Robbins, K Mountford (c), J Swift, L Keane, O Sims (A Buckley 63), T Parker, B Bament.

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