Town leave it 
too late to 
salvage a point

PUBLISHED: 14:47 02 March 2011

Leigh Edwards-Samuels, Clevedon FC

Leigh Edwards-Samuels, Clevedon FC

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CLEVEDON Town travelled to Hampshire to play Gosport Borough, but only got into the game in the last 30 minutes and lost 3-1.

CLEVEDON Town travelled to Hampshire to play Gosport Borough, but only got into the game in the last 30 minutes and lost 3-1.

Zayne Simpson and Reeko Best returned to the starting eleven in place of the absent Kyle O’Donovan and Cameron Ricketts.

The home team took control of the early exchanges with veteran striker James Taylor testing keeper Jason Mellor. With Clevedon’s defence looking hesitant, Gosport took the lead on 20 minutes with a quickly-taken free kick by Pat Cox.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 as 
Mellor misjudged the flight of a corner kick and the ball fell at the feet of Tom Price who had a simple tap in. Clevedon’s best chances fell to Simpson, who had one effort deflected out for a corner and a free kick smothered by Gosport’s giant goalkeeper Mark Brown.

The second half began as the first did with the home side applying all the pressure and they made it 3-0 when a cross from Taylor fell to an unmarked Justin Bennett who rounded Mellor to slot into the empty net.

Mellor kept the score from getting worse as he made an excellent double save. Clevedon attacked again with debutante Leigh 
Edwards-Samuels, on as a substitute at half-time, worrying the Gosport defence with his pace.

On 67 minutes Edwards-Samuels was through on the keeper, but the ball bobbled and Brown was able to block Leigh’s shot. But in the next attack, Edwards-Samuels slipped the ball 
to Jonny Moss to claw a goal back for the 
Seasiders.

Minutes later it should have been a second for Clevedon. Moss dribbled into the box and had his shot blocked, but Best looked certain to score, but his shot hit a defender’s leg and ran away to safety.

After that there were half chances for both sides but Clevedon were unable to reduce the deficit and went down by three goals to one.


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