Town reach the Somerset Cup semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 15:35 02 March 2011

Clevedon Town v Paulton Rovers

Clevedon Town v Paulton Rovers

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CLEVEDON Town travelled to Paulton Rovers for a third round Somerset Premier Cup tie and put in an impressive display to win 2-1 and move into the semi-finals of the competition.

Paulton Rovers 1

Clevedon Town 2

CLEVEDON Town travelled to Paulton Rovers for a third round Somerset Premier Cup tie and put in an impressive display to win 2-1 and move into the semi-finals of the competition.

Cameron Ricketts and Kyle O’Donovan were back in the side and there were also places in the starting eleven for Liam Knight on the wing and debutante Rhymal Henderson at right back.

Paulton enjoyed some early possession and went close when Josh Jeffries shot over the bar. But on 10 minutes Clevedon took the lead as a pass from Jonny Moss found Ricketts in space and he coolly beat former Clevedon keeper Sam Burgess from the edge of the box.

Paulton hit back through skipper Dan Cleverly, but his shot was off target. Moss then set up O’Donovan but he took a touch first and his effort was blocked by Ollie Price, Kris Lee returned the loose ball across goal but was just wide of the post.

On 29 minutes Paulton nearly equalised as Lee Marshall’s shot from a Price header was cleared off the line and minutes later Marshall was on hand at the other end to clear off his own line as O’Donovan looked sure to score from a Moss pass.

Burgess then made another good save from a Lee shot, but Clevedon were not to be denied and went 2-0 ahead just before the break when a Zayne Simpson through ball found O’Donovan, who rounded Burgess and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Clevedon should have gone three up just after the break as Moss and O’Donovan combined to set up Simpson but his shot was deflected over the bar.

The Seasiders continued to look threatening going forward and on the hour O’Donovan put Ricketts through, but the keeper made a good save. Minutes later the same players set Ricketts up with an even better chance, his shot sailed narrowly wide.

On 70 minutes Chas Hemmings released O’Donovan to go one-on-one with Burgess and the keeper reacted quickly to just beat Kyle to the ball. Having failed to confirm their superiority with more goals, the Seasiders’ defence started to come under pressure in the last 15 minutes.

Ben Lacey’s shot in the 75th minute took a coat of paint off the top of Clevedon’s bar. Jason Mellor was then forced to make a great save from Rovers sub Charlie Rich whose shot look destined for the top corner.

Paulton’s urgency finally brought them a goal in the 87th minute as Jack Allward fired home a loose ball through a crowd of players, but it proved insufficient as Clevedon held out for a deserved win and a place in the semi-finals.


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