Defeat leaves Town in relegation zone
Clevedon Town 0 Hednesford Town 3 - CLEVEDON Town played their first home Zamaretto League Premier Division game in three weeks but failed to take any points off their opponents, Hednesford Town.
Clevedon Town 0
Hednesford Town 3
CLEVEDON Town played their first home Zamaretto League Premier Division game in three weeks but failed to take any points off their opponents, Hednesford Town, who scored three goals in a professional and well-organised second-half performance to record a comfortable win.
With Chris Collins still unfit, Ben and Joey Evans both injured, and Ellis Wilmot unavailable, Clevedon started with Sam Main at right back, Matt Townley in midfield and just two fit substitutes. Craig Loxton wore the captain's armband.
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On 10 minutes a Matt Townley free kick was headed back into the danger area by Ollie Barnes, where Nana Baah struck the ball goalwards to be pushed over the bar by Hednesford keeper Stuart Brock. Baah nearly scored again from the resultant corner, but his near post flick was blocked and cleared.
On the half hour mark Loxton played a one-two with Phil Hartnup, drove into the box, and hit a low cross which was pushed out by Brock. Hednesford replied through Elliott Durrell who dribbled through the Seasiders defence but Danny Greaves came out to block him and he put his shot wide.
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Josh Craddock then blasted a shot over the bar, Sean Platt hit a flashing shot across the area, and Greaves made another good save from a header from a corner, as the visitors ended the goalless first half well on top.
Clevedon went close again at the start of the second half when Gary Colborne had a free header from a Matthew Walsh free kick, but put the ball wide. Five minutes later Hednesford took the lead as Tyrone Barnett headed a cross off the underside of the bar and just over the line before it was cleared, the assistant referee being well placed to award the goal.
Loxton then hit a shot straight at Brock before the game entered a scrappy period with yellow cards being shown as the visitors adopted a professional approach, which resulted in Clevedon's Chris Hartland being sent off for a second bookable offence.
From then on Hednesford took complete control and Barnett scored a second as he cut in on the edge of the box and hit a shot over Greaves. Minutes later another Walsh free kick was fumbled by Brock and Nana Baah smashed the loose ball home, only to given offside.
On 84 minutes Hednesford underlined their second-half dominance as Barnett completed his hat-trick. A shot was pushed out by Greaves but only as far as Barnett, who rounded the grounded keeper and scored, despite a despairing dive from Matt Townley to keep it out. Late on Greavsie made another great save, this time from Durrell.
The next game at the Hand Stadium will be on Tuesday, February 23 v Tiverton Town, kick-off 7.45pm.
Clevedon will be holding a race night at the Hand Stadium on Saturday, February 27, commencing at 5.30pm. Free entry with everyone welcome. For more information, visit www.clevedontownfc.co.uk