Seasiders held in thrilling derby

PUBLISHED: 09:39 03 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:23 24 May 2010

A lucky escape for Gloucester City keeper Matthew Bath as Clevedon's Mike Trought watches a ball go wide of the target.

A lucky escape for Gloucester City keeper Matthew Bath as Clevedon's Mike Trought watches a ball go wide of the target.

CLEVEDON Town and Gloucester City celebrated the New Year with a thrilling 2-2 draw played in heavy rain on a pitch although wet, played well. Both sides put in 100 per cent effort on

Clevedon Town 2 Gloucester City 2CLEVEDON Town and Gloucester City celebrated the New Year with a thrilling 2-2 draw played in heavy rain on a pitch although wet, played well.Both sides put in 100 per cent effort on the difficult surface and the draw was a fair result in the circumstances in front of a healthy crowd of 303.Both sides showed a positive attitude from the start and Gloucester could have scored as early as the opening minute when Danny Greaves was forced to pull off a good save from Ollie Barnes. Mitchell Page went close for Clevedon in the seventh minute as both sides came to terms with the wet surface. Clevedon took the lead in the 29th minute when Andy Gurney's header beat Matthew Bath in the visitors' goal for his first goal for the Seasiders.However, Clevedon's lead was short lived as they fell for a sucker punch just a minute later, when Jason Welsh scored with simplest of headers when found himself unmarked a yard from the goal-line. Both sides kept pressing with Gloucester's Alex Sykes hitting the crossbar with a long-range effort in the 42nd minute.Both continued to press in the second half and numerous chances were created with Andy Gurney and Mitchell Page coming closest for the home side. Clevedon regained the lead on 71 minutes when Scott Hendy's cross was flicked on by Andy Gurney to Leon Hapgood who steadied himself before smashing the ball home. Gloucester began to push men forward in search of an equaliser and came close on several occasions with Clevedon also looking to catch them on the break.However, the introduction of veteran Adie Harris who was brought down in the final minute and from the resulting free-kick a mad scramble in the goalmouth ended with Ollie Barnes scrambling the ball home for a deserved equaliser.

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