Town torn apart by Ashford

PUBLISHED: 14:34 24 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:11 24 May 2010

THIS season Clevedon have shown they are the best team in the league, with their record over 42 matches, but they relaxed a bit too much and were overwhelmed by an Ashford side who knew they had to win to have a chance of au

Ashford Town 3 Clevedon Town 0THIS season Clevedon have shown they are the best team in the league, with their record over 42 matches, but they relaxed a bit too much and were overwhelmed by an Ashford side who knew they had to win to have a chance of automatic promotion. To their manager's credit, Ashford chased every ball, shot at every opportunity and fully deserved their win over a Clevedon side that, frankly, looked tired after a long season.Ashford opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a sharp turn and shot from the edge of the box by Scott Todd crashed against the underside of the bar and into the net.Eight minutes later and it was 2-0 as Gavin Smith shot across goal with a static defence watching events. Clevedon were simply unable to get going and it was all Ashford as Clevedon struggled to cope with the dry pitch and their opponents' work rate.Just before half time Ashford scored again when Scott Todd sent in a speculative lob from the right touchline and it sailed over Ray Johnston's head into the far corner.Clevedon were clearly given some words of advice by Phil Bater at half time and to their credit they put their hosts under a bit of pressure. However, they were simply unable to break down a hard working defence despite several goalmouth scrambles. Ashford could have increased their lead when Gavin Smith shot wide of an empty goal after Ray Johnston headed away outside his area.Despite using all three substitutes, and with Scott Hendy playing up front, Clevedon were unable to reduce the deficit and Ashford deservedly won to go on a promotion decider with Brackley Town next week.Seasiders next game is at home when they entertain Thame United, Southern League Division 1 West, on Saturday at 3pm.

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