Town master the conditions

PUBLISHED: 12:54 28 November 2012

Dave Stone.

Dave Stone.


Clevedon Town defeated North Leigh at home, mastering the poor conditions better than their opponents.



CLEVEDON Town started their latest Evo-Stik Southern League game full of fight in appalling conditions, which they mastered better than their visitors.

They could have taken the lead after two minutes when a shot on the run from Dave Stone brought a full-length diving save from Sam Warrell in the North Leigh goal.

Town kept up the pressure on the visitors defence and efforts from Reeko Best, Clayton Fortune and Stone could all have been profitable for the hosts before North Leigh had their first chance when Michael Hopkins blasted over the bar from close range.

Clevedon deservedly took the lead on 29 minutes when a cross from Best found the head of Aron Robbins at the far post for a simple header.

North Leigh had a couple more chances before the interval to no avail and the half ended 1-0 to Clevedon Town.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with the home side creating chances that went begging and the visitors relying on the odd break for their meagre pickings.

Clevedon kept up the pressure with efforts from Robbins, Best, Adi Adams and Michael Stephenson all posing threats to the North Leigh goal.

With the game drawing to a close, a long ball in the 91st minute from Sam Warrell found Jimmy Deabill. His shot was parried by Dylan Castanheira in the home goal, but it bounced over his head and into the net.

Clevedon went looking for the goal winner and it came by way of a free kick in the 93rd minute, taken on the edge of the visitors’ box by Robbins. His kick took a deflection off of the wall to beat goalkeeper Warrell.

The victory saw Clevedon move up to sixth in the table, one place from the play-off zone.

Green King man of the match was Clayton Fortune.

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