Brave 10-man Town defeat the Linnets
PUBLISHED: 17:52 11 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010
CLEVEDON Town pulled off a remarkable victory over FA Cup heroes and promotion favourites Kings Lynn, winning 3-1, despite going behind to a penalty and having
Clevedon Town 3 King's Lynn 1CLEVEDON Town pulled off a remarkable victory over FA Cup heroes and promotion favourites Kings Lynn, winning 3-1, despite going behind to a penalty and having their goalkeeper sent off in the process with just eight minutes on the clock.Both teams ending the first half with just 10 men but Clevedon went on to deserve their win and sentence the Linnets to their first league defeat since the opening day of the season. Clevedon got off to a bright start and Darren Mullings should have put them ahead before blazing over in the second minute, but it all went pear shaped for the hosts in the eighth minute when keeper Danny Greaves brought down Alex Notman after he broke clear of the Clevedon defence.The referee adjudged it to warrant a red card and substitute Tom Jacobs came on to take over in goal with Danny Haines being sacrificed to accommodate him.Tom's first job was to pick Notman's penalty out of the net but it has to be said that the striker come keeper was rarely tested by the visitors and only had two saves of note to make in the rest of the game.Jack Pitcher and Mitchell Page both had chances to level the score, but it was red card time again in the 35th minute as Kings Lynn's Stephen Melton was sent off for using foul and abusive language.The second half started in sensational fashion as Jack Pitcher was tripped in the penalty box and Leon Hapgood's penalty was far too strong for Shaun Marshall in goal.That lifted Clevedon and they dominated most of the rest of the game with Hapgood hitting a post, Billy Clark's flick being cleared of the line.A second goal had to come for the hosts and it was Pitcher who supplied it in the 71st minute when he ran into the box and sent a shot across the keeper into the far corner.After several substitutions from both sides, with Matt O'Halloran in particular looking the liveliest, it was Pitcher who wrapped up the three points after sloppy defending allowed him to go past the keeper and slot the ball into the empty net.