Town slump to home defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:47 16 March 2011

Reeko Best, Clevedon FC

Reeko Best, Clevedon FC

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CLEVEDON Town welcomed Zamaretto League Division 1 play-off hopefuls Frome Town to the Hand Stadium and lost 3-1 in a game that didn’t really come alive until the second half.

CLEVEDON Town welcomed Zamaretto League Division 1 play-off hopefuls Frome Town to the Hand Stadium and lost 3-1 in a game that didn’t really come alive until the second half.

Kyle O’Donovan was absent sick while Jake Murray, Chris Gale and Rhymal Henderson-Hudson all returned to the starting 11. Lee Matthews continued to deputise in goal in place of the injured Jason Mellor and Chas Hemmings wore the captain’s armband.

Little of any consequence happened in the first half as the teams cancelled each other out. Mike Perrott twice shot over for the visitors and also just failed to connect with a long-range cross at the far post.

For Clevedon, Joshua Ford met a Kris Lee free kick with a glancing header that just went the wrong side of the post, Henderson-Hudson had a header deflected out for a corner and just before the break Hemmings curled a free kick narrowly wide.

The second half began with Frome taking the initiative and they soon took the lead as a Perrott header crashed against the bar and skipper Jamie Cheeseman was on hand to slot the loose ball home.

Clevedon came storming back and equalised nine minutes later when a long ball from Hemmings found Reeko Best running at the Frome defence and without breaking stride he hammered it into the back of the net.

Perrott continued to cause Clevedon problems as another powerful shot was blocked, and then Luke Ballinger tried an overhead, which was gathered by custodian Lee Matthews.

On 73 minutes Ballinger went to ground in the box as he was challenged by Sam Teale and the referee awarded Frome a penalty, which ex-Seasider Josh Brigham converted.

Minutes later Matthews made a superb one-handed save from Ballinger to keep the Seasiders in the game. Clevedon rallied again in the last 10 minutes with efforts from Henderson-Hudson and Cameron Ricketts both going over the bar.

Just before full time Clevedon lost possession and a quick Frome counter-attack ended with the ball being crossed into the box where Ben Thomson had a simple tap in to give the visitors a flattering 3-1 victory.


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