Town sunk by late goal in derby

PUBLISHED: 16:24 17 November 2010

Chas Hemmings Clevedon FC

Chas Hemmings Clevedon FC

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CLEVEDON Town entertained local rivals Yate Town in their latest Zamaretto League Division 1 match and, in a lacklustre display by both teams, it was the visitors who won the game late on with a well-taken individual goal.

CLEVEDON TOWN 0

YATE TOWN 1

CLEVEDON Town entertained local rivals Yate Town in their latest Zamaretto League Division 1 match and, in a lacklustre display by both teams, it was the visitors who won the game late on with a well-taken individual goal.

Matt Thorne returned from suspension and Kyle O’Donovan also came into the starting 11 in place of Lloyd Mills and Johnny Moss respectively, who were both named as substitutes.

In a forgettable first half, which was low on quality, the visitors created the better chances. Jason Mellor saved well low down from Russ Church, Mark Reynolds headed over when he should have hit the target, and Edd Vahid’s shot was charged down after a bout of head-tennis in the Clevedon penalty area. Clevedon struggled to create anything more than half-chances until the stroke of half time when Lewis Ellis cut in from the right and curled a left foot shot just wide of Lee Ballard’s far post.

Clevedon replaced the injured Kris Lee with Lloyd Mills as the second half got underway and they began to show more urgency about their work. Ballard did well to get down to save a free kick from Matt Thorne, and both Mills and Kyle O’Donovan wasted good chances by blasting their shots over the bar. On 70 minutes a loose ball on the edge of the Yate box was driven powerfully goalwards by Lloyd Mills, but unfortunately his shot went straight at Ballard. Ten minutes later a Matt Townley long throw found O’Donovan, but he could only back-head it into the grateful keeper’s hands.

The visitors rarely threatened the Seasiders goal in the second half and it looked as if a poor game was going to end goal-less. But in the 87th minute, as Clevedon pushed forward to find a winner, they were caught on the break when a Yate clearance was picked up on the halfway line by Russ Churc, who ran towards goal and lashed his shot into the roof of the net giving Jason Mellor no chance.

Bell ABC man of the match was Sam Teale.

Clevedon Town 1

Bridgwater Town 4

CLEVEDON Town met Bridgwater for the first time in the Somerset Premier Cup and it was the home side who progressed to the next round by winning 4-1 at the Hand Stadium.

The match started badly for the visitors when Graham Merceica was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg as early as the fourth minute. However, seven minutes later they took the lead when Steve Kingdon was adjudged to have pulled back a visiting player in the box and Mike Mackay smashed the resulting penalty past Jason Mellor to put the visitors ahead.

Clevedon drew level in the 39th minutes when Lewis Ellis scored. Just before the break Jonny Moss had a goal disallowed for the home side.

Clevedon took the lead in the 59th minute when Ellis took a cross field pass from Kris Lee and cut inside and beat Luke Buckingham in the Bridgwater goal. Ten minutes later Clevedon added a third as Matt Townley’s free kick was headed past his keeper by Josh Turner for an own goal.

As the match threatened to boil over, Jonny Moss added a fourth goal when he slid the ball home via the inside of the post and there was just time for Steve Kingdon’s piledriver to be tipped over by Buckingham as Clevedon finished well on top.

ABC Ltd man of the match Kris Lee of Clevedon Town.


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