Town extend their lead at the top
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010
CLEVEDON went into this top of the table clash with sixth place Leighton Town with Jason Eaton making his first start of the season in place of injured Tom Jacobs and young Mitchell Page on the bench. The match started in
Clevedon Town 1 Leighton Town 0CLEVEDON went into this top of the table clash with sixth place Leighton Town with Jason Eaton making his first start of the season in place of injured Tom Jacobs and young Mitchell Page on the bench.The match started in torrential rain with the players having to cope with surface water despite the overall good condition of the pitch. Both sides took a while to settle and Leighton matched the league leaders in terms of effort for the opening 20 minutes. However after that Clevedon dominated and the final scoreline did not reflect their superiority. Clevedon had early chances through man of the match Peter Sheppard when his shot was saved in 22nd minute by Lee Clark and Jack Pitcher had a good chance 10 minutes later when his shot was blocked. Despite their control it took Clevedon 43 minutes to open the scoring when Sheppard slid in to convert Pitcher's cross from the right.The second half continued in the same vain as Clevedon took the game to Leighton and battled hard on the wet slippery pitch. They had numerous opportunities to increase their lead with Pitcher, Leon Hapgood, Sheppard and Eaton all going close.It was a sign of their dominance that it was the 66th minute before Leighton had their first shot on goal when James McNulty's free kick was driven straight into the Seasiders' defensive wall.With Page replacing Eaton, Clevedon continued to press forward for that elusive second goal but had to settle for a 1-0 win. as they extended their unbeaten league run to 11 matches.