Clevedon register first away win of the season
LEAMINGTON 0 CLEVEDON TOWN 1 - CLEVEDON Town travelled to Warwickshire for their first ever game against Leamington and, in a dogged display, took all three Zamaretto Leauge Premier Division points with a 1-0 win.
LEAMINGTON 0 CLEVEDON TOWN 1
CLEVEDON Town travelled to Warwickshire for their first ever game against Leamington and, in a dogged display, took all three Zamaretto Leauge Premier Division points with a 1-0 win.
Callum Fisher was recalled to the first eleven in place of the absent Josh Brigham and Joey Evans was dropped to the bench.
The strong blustery wind made it difficult for either team to play good football, but it was Clevedon, playing into the gale, who had the better of the opening exchanges.
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On six minutes, Ellis Wilmot won the ball on the edge of the box and played a one-two with Sean Seavill which put him through on goal, where Leamington keeper Chris Kiely made a good save. From the resulting corner Lee Molyneaux rose unchallenged, but headed over.
Callum Fisher had a shot blocked before the visitors deservedly took the lead on 24 minutes. Craig Loxton rounded his marker on the edge of the box and, as Kiely came out to narrow the angle, Craig shot for goal where Aaron Blakemore had a simple tap-in to put the Seasiders one up.
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On the half hour, Matthew Walsh made a great run from full-back but hit his powerful shot just over the bar. Then Blakemore was put through by Seavill, but his first touch took him wide as Kiely smothered Aaron's shot. Just before half time there was an almighty scramble on Clevedon's goal line, but the ball was eventually cleared as the Seasiders went into the break leading 1-0.
With the wind at their backs for the second half, Clevedon failed to create any clear-cut opportunities, but their hosts also struggled with the conditions.
On 60 minutes a strong Clevedon shout for a penalty was turned down by the referee, despite the defender clearly handling the ball from Blakemore's cross. Five minutes later a Danny Wring free kick was saved by Kiely.
In the final 15 minutes, Leamington pushed forward with more purpose looking for the equaliser, as Clevedon looked to defend their lead. But, despite several free kicks and corners being pumped into their box, Danny Greaves was alert to make a couple of good blocks and the Seasiders' defence held firm to record their first away win of the season.
More information can be obtained from the website www.clevedontownfc.co.uk , and that the next game at the Hand Stadium will be on Saturday against Banbury United, kick-off 3pm.