Champions set a new club record
PUBLISHED: 12:38 19 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
THE newly crowned champions of the Southern League Western Division went into this match looking to extend their 14-match unbeaten league run and also gain some revenge for their Somerset Premier Cup exit at the hands of Ta
Clevedon Town 3 Taunton Town 1THE newly crowned champions of the Southern League Western Division went into this match looking to extend their 14-match unbeaten league run and also gain some revenge for their Somerset Premier Cup exit at the hands of Taunton.With an unchanged side they dominated most of the match and ran out worthy winners having hit the woodwork three times in the second period.Clevedon made the perfect start in the third minute when Peter Sheppard was on hand at the far post to convert Leon Hapgood's cross with a little help from Taunton keeper Tom Buckler. Clevedon's great start continued as they took the game to their visitors, but Taunton had the next scoring opportunity when Chris Wright shot wide of an empty goal on 15 minutes. This allowed the Peacocks to come into the game, but there were still chances for Sheppard, Jack Pitcher and Hapgood as the match progressed. Clevedon doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Billy Clark rose superbly to head Kris Witcombe's cross past the keeper. Clevedon closed the half having to defend a series of corners and, as the wind got up, they had to hang on to their lead.The second half opened with the Seasiders taking the game to Taunton and Pitcher hit the bar with a volley in the 46th minute, followed by Hapgood hitting the outside of the post a few minutes later. Taunton surprised Clevedon in the 58th minute when Ryan Harvard broke clear after some poor defending and scored with a good cross shot to reduce the lead. Clevedon then seemed to loose the plot for the next 15 minutes and allowed Taunton back into the game. However, they were unable to produce an equaliser and in the 75th minute, Clevedon added to their lead when Kye Holly slammed home Hapgood's superb pullback from the goal line.Clevedon regained control and Taunton were soon reduced to 10 men when former Clevedon man Adam Faux was sent off for his second yellow card. Minutes later Sheppard had a chance to increase the lead when he chipped Tom Buckler, but the ball bounced just wide of the far post.Clevedon cruised to victory with substitute Craig Loxton having a superb shot tipped over the bar and, with the final touch of the match, substitute Steve Lester glanced the top of the bar with a fine header.The win created a new club record of15 consecutive Southern League matches without losing.