United back to winning ways
Clevedon United 1 Devizes Town 2 - DEVIZES Town visited The Hand for this rearranged fixture and played with determination in an attempt to improve their lowly league position.
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Devizes Town 2
DEVIZES Town visited The Hand for this rearranged fixture and played with determination in an attempt to improve their lowly league position.
Both sides showed they were short of match practice due to the recent fixture cancellations. Devizes played a long ball game to good effect to which the United team found difficult to adjust. They almost scored on five minutes when Terry Moore's attempted lob cleared the Clevedon crossbar.
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After 15 minutes Clevedon began to settle into a rhythm and Sam Clark forced a save from keeper Darryl Simms. On 30 minutes United fell behind when Ray King's cross from the left struck Matt Fisher's legs, which deflected past Ben Dancey in the United goal.
United fought back and equalised on 39 minutes when skipper Ryan King's cross was initially held by Simms but dropped at the feet of Leigh White to score. Two minutes later Jake Roberts picked up a loose ball in midfield and rifled his shot into the roof of the United net to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
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In the second half, United dominated, restricting Devizes to the long ball and occasional counter attacks. United's Wes Wilson had two good attempts at goal which were saved by Simms. A special mention to Devizes' Robbie Mitchell whose obvious skills tested the United defence where the Gordano Carpets' man of the match Sam Johnson was outstanding in defence.
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UNITED responded well to their mid-week home defeat with an inspiring performance against Bridport.
Starting well from the first minute top scorer Sam Clark struck the crossbar from 25 yards after only two minutes which pushed the visitors on to the back foot.
On 50 minutes centre back Sam Johnson brought the ball unchallenged out of the United defence and played a through ball to skipper Ryan King who scored with a low shot.
Clark then pounced on a goalmouth skirmish and scored to put the home side two up.
Two minutes later King's firm infield pass forced an own goal.
Five minutes later it was 4-0 after Adam Grinter challenging in the area for a high cross was pushed in the back by Senior and King converted the penalty.
Five minutes from the end the 5-0 victory was signed and sealed with Leigh White starting a move from defence passed to Adam Grinter on the left. His infield pass fed Greg Andrews to slot the ball home capping an excellent all round team performance.
The Kenny Group man of the match was Ryan King. A special mention must be made to Greg Andrews and Tim Martin for another solid performance in midfield.
United 's next home game at The Hand is Wednesday, March 17, against Cadbury Heath kick-off 7.45pm, all welcome.
Clevedon United have signed 16-year-old Josh White from Bridgwater Town. Josh is a promising young centre back with great potential and is currently undergoing England trials.
Manager Alan Smith hopes to incorporate him in the United set up as soon as possible and sees him as a positive and welcome addition to the squad.