Town well beaten at Cambridge
Cambridge City 4 Clevedon Town 1 - IF ever there was a game of contrasts then this was it.
Cambridge City 4
Clevedon Town 1
IF ever there was a game of contrasts then this was it. A sluggish City performance in the first 30 minutes was replaced by flowing and confident passing team for the next hour.
Tony Burke's sparkling skills and initiative stood out against the sight of Adrian Cambridge being stretchered off. The score line was a fair reflection of a game that City dominated once they had scored. In fairness to Clevedon, they caused the bigger headaches in the opening exchanges, forcing a couple of corners and having a shot from range from Danny Wring saved by Zac Barrett.
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It did not take long for substitute Burke to catch the eye. With quick and skilful feet he beat his man within minutes of coming on, creating precious space with a delightful drag back.
Unsurprising, the early withdrawal of Cambridge caused the City midfield a few problems and for 15 minutes the game went rather flat. However, with Clevedon's attacking options being relatively unambitious, City began to get a hold of the game. First on 34 minutes, Steve Gentle started off an excellent move which saw him release John Frendo. The striker picked on Burke who did well on the right and centred to Frendo whose good shot was smothered by Danny Greaves.
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On 37, Burke's corner from the left found Laurie Stewart, who met the ball with some power, but Matt Townley cleared to safety. Two minutes later, Gentle was fouled by Ben Evans some three yards outside the area and Fuller scored from the free kick.
City tied the game up on 51 minutes when Barrett released Fuller with a neat throw in his own half and he burst through the Clevedon defence and added the second.
The third came on 68 minutes, when Fuller smashed in a shot across the goal which Greaves could only parry to Midgley who scored. Substitute Craig Radcliffe crossed for Gentle to add the fourth.
Clevedon got a consolation on 85 minutes when Jamal Easter headed in a cross.