United cruise into the semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 14:43 25 January 2012


Clevedon United Reserves cruised into the semi-finals of the Atwell Shield after a 4-2 victory over AFC Nailsea.

AFC Nailsea 2

Clevedon Utd Res 4

CLEVEDON’S 4-0 half-time lead after a great attacking 45 minutes put this Atwell Shield quarter-final game beyond Nailsea’s reach.

United were too quick all over the park for the hosts to handle and Mike Banks fired them ahead with a great first time volley from outside the box giving the keeper no chance.

Ben Pavey was unlucky not to double the lead after a fantastic mazy run from left back saw his shot saved by the keeper. Nick Lee added the second on 15 minutes when he cut inside two defenders and coolly guided the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Clevedon looked dangerous with every attack and had the run of the green when a shot from midfield took a deflection past the stranded keeper from defender Nathan Price.

Banks then created the fourth as his pace was too much for Nailsea’s defence and the striker got his shot away only to see it cannon off the post, before being deflected in off the last defender.

With the game already out of sight at the restart, United took their foot off the gas and let Nailsea score a weak goal from a corner with poor marking at the back post.

The heavy pitch played its part for both sides with little football being played and in fairness to Nailsea they raised their game and their changes allowed them to create their second goal late in the half, but it was too much to ask to find the goals to take the game to extra time.

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