Pitcher nets two in Town success
PUBLISHED: 15:39 22 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:30 24 May 2010
SCOTT Hendy and Mike Trought came through late fitness tests to play in a scrappy match which saw Clevedon take all three points in a deserved win at the
Clevedon Town 3 Northwood 1SCOTT Hendy and Mike Trought came through late fitness tests to play in a scrappy match which saw Clevedon take all three points in a deserved win at the Hand Stadium and send Northwood to the bottom of the Premier League.Both sides made a slow start as they struggled to come to terms with the slippery pitch, however, Clevedon looked the more likely to score as they pushed forward in search of an opening goal. Their first opportunity fell to Jack Pitcher when he broke free of "The Woods" defence, shooting narrowly wide. The opening goal came in the 16th minute when Mitchell Page beat Northwood's offside trap to slot the ball past former Mali international goalkeeper Keita Karamoko. On 25 minutes Karamoko did well to scramble away Andy Gurney's low drive from 20 yards and the Seasiders dominated the rest of the half with Danny Greaves untroubled in the home goal as Northwood failed to register any shots on target.The second half commenced with Clevedon playing into the wind, as both sides struggled to find any rhythm on the heavy pitch. With an hour played, manager Phil Bater brought on Matt Rawlins for Hanin Romhdane and this change of formation saw Pitcher rise unmarked and head straight at Karamoko from Gurney's cross. Clevedon doubled their lead in the 73rd minute when Page made a good run on the right, squaring the ball for Pitcher whose forward run ended by slipping over in the penalty area. However, he was able to fire the ball underneath the advancing Karamoko from a prone position. Northwood immediately went in search of a goal and won their first corner of the match in the 75th minute which resulted in Bradley Hewitt pulling a goal back when he tapped home from six yards. Pitcher put the game beyond doubt in the 83rd minute when he headed home from Kris Witcombe's superb cross. Northwood's best player, Jerome Hall, had a great chance to pull a goal back in the dying minutes, when he skillfully darted into Clevedon's penalty area only to see his shot scrambled away by Greaves.