Craig's late goal earns Clevedon a point
PUBLISHED: 07:10 14 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010
THIS was the clash of the two form teams in the Western Division and both sides left the field with their unbeaten runs intact, as Craig Loxton's injury time equaliser saw the match end in a 3-3 draw
THIS was the clash of the two form teams in the Western Division and both sides left the field with their unbeaten runs intact, as Craig Loxton's injury time equaliser saw the match end in a 3-3 draw.Clevedon remained unchanged on a pitch in extremely good shape despite the recent adverse weather. Rushall Olympic looked the sharper side at the start and they broke forward with both pace and precision.The first real action came in the 10th minute when Olympic's Neil Kitching turned to send in a firm shot straight at Ray Johnston. Minutes later Tom Jacobs' shot from close range was well saved by Chris Gemmell in the visitors goal.On 14 minutes Kitching hit the bar with a looping header as Clevedon's defence went to sleep. Rushall took the lead on 31 minutes when Neil Kitching scored with a direct free kick following a foul by Scott Hendy. Clevedon's Steve Lester and Tom Jacobs both missed chances before the home side finally equalised in the fifth minute of injury time. The goal came after Tom Jacobs set up Lester whose fierce shot was beaten out by the visiting keeper straight to Peter Sheppard who scored his sixth goal of the season.The second half started in controversy with Cheltenham referee Carl Williams refusing appeals for a penalty after a Rushall defender appeared to handle the ball.Clevedon took the game to Rushall from the start, but it was the visitors in their first attack of the half who retook the lead in the 54th minute when Leon Allen hit the ball past Ray Johnston.Six minutes later Clevedon were level again when Kristian Witcombe released Kye Holly and his cross was finished by a powerful header by Lester. Clevedon continued to attack the visitors, but poor defending allowed Rushall substitute Tyrone Barnett to head home a left wing cross at the near post. The league leaders pressed forward in search of an equaliser. Leading scorer Jack Pitcher had to go off after opening up a cut above his left eye. Clevedon snatched an equaliser in the second minute of injury time when substitute Craig Loxton's shot from the edge of the area squeezed underneath the keepers body for his first league goal for the Seasiders. The Seasider's next game is away to Yeovil Town in the Somerset Premier Cup, Tuesday, March 14th at 7.45pm.