United lose their first match of the season

PUBLISHED: 15:32 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 04 February 2015

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Clevedon United lost their first match of the season against near neighbours Cleeve West Town.

Cleeve West Town 2

Clevedon Utd 1

CLEVEDON United lost their first game of the season and having not played for five weeks and it showed.

Chris Thomas made his debut for Clevedon, coming out of the game with a solid performance under his belt. Cleeve took the lead on 25 minutes from a penalty kick.

After the break, Clevedon started well, but again gave another needless penalty away, which was converted. Clevedon pushed forward and Dan Fowler pulled a goal back.

United piled the pressure on, Mike Purnell coming close, with chances going begging for Luke Gibson and Nick Austin. Cleeve managed to hang on and United’s unbeaten record fell.

Clevedon Utd Res 1

Taunton 0

TAUNTON started the brighter and were on top for the first 20 minutes, but United counter attacked to take the lead.

Chris Greenslade broke down the left from a corner and passed inside to captain Billy Astle, his first time pass found Jacob Horton in space to cross for Joe Govan to head home.

The success seemed to be short lived as a penalty was awarded to Taunton, which was excellently saved by Clevedon’s keeper and player manager Eugene Dunn. Taunton continued to dominate until half-time without troubling the home goal.

After the break, United created chances to settle the game. Callum Dunn, George Poole, Mike Piscina and Horton all went close.

Taunton pushed for an equaliser late on, only to come up against a determined United defence of Joe Rich, Mike Banks, Mike Jeffrey and Tom Forrow, who were well marshalled by James Sas.

A great win for United who are looking to pick their season up after a inconsistent start and with John Rich in the dugout alongside the injured Luke Hack, confidence is beginning to grow

Clevedon Utd B 4

Uphill Castle A 1

UNITED are now only three wins away from picking up the league title.

The first goal came from a tidy move starting with Mark Jordan rolling the ball out to Allan Finnie, who fed Luke Rolands. Nicky Lee collected the ball and spread it to Arron Foord, his pin-point cross was nicely turned in with a glancing Wayne Burgess header.

Burgess had another header disallowed for offside before Rowlands swept in a Sam Dix cross. Rowlands added his second during a goalmouth scramble, before Uphill hit back after some lax defending from Clevedon.

The goal of the match came when Lee was fed on the edge of the box and his delicate chip caught the keeper napping.

The second half and United saw chance after chance go begging, Mark Welch hit the bar, which Lee should of scored from the rebound. Burgess had another ruled out for offside, while Liam Richards and Sam Dix were guilty of missed chances.

Piers McBride and Marc Jenkins were solid at the back as United roll ever closer to the league championship.


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