Valuable point for Clevedon Town
Clevedon Town 0 Chippenham Town 0 - CLEVEDON Town played their third home game in a row and, although they again failed to score, they took a valuable point from a 0-0 draw against local rivals Chippenham Town.
Clevedon Town 0
Chippenham Town 0
CLEVEDON Town played their third home game in a row and, although they again failed to score, they took a valuable point from a 0-0 draw against local rivals Chippenham Town, which lifts them up to 19th place in the table.
Chris Hartland returned from suspension to lead the line as Clevedon started with Joey Evans on the right wing and Jason Cowan on the left. Matthew Walsh and Nana Baah dropped to the substitutes' bench.
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On five minutes Cowan blasted over from a Chris Hartland flick, and 10 minutes later the same player made a strong run down the left into the box where he was brought down by a tackle the referee deemed to be fair. Chippenham started to create chances as James Martin shot wide from the edge of the box, ex-Seasider Lewis Powell shot over the bar and Luke Gulliver hit the side netting. On 40 minutes a Sam Allison shot was well held by Clevedon keeper Danny Greaves, and soon after Alan Griffin hit a dangerous ball across the box, which nobody got a touch on.
Clevedon almost broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time when Gary Colborne's header from a Matt Townley long throw looked to be in the top corner before Chippenham keeper Ian Gill pushed it out for a corner.
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On 50 minutes another powerful run by Cowan finished with the Clevedon man on the ground but, no penalty was forthcoming. On 55 minutes Evans was through on Gill but he put his shot over the bar when he should at least have tested the goalkeeper. Clevedon went close again when Cowan narrowly failed to get his head on an Ollie Barnes free kick. Then Evans put in a testing cross but Chris Hartland was pushed over as he tried to get on the end of it.
Chippenham too had chances as first substitute Jon Davies shot wide and then Lewis Powell fired a free kick straight at Greavsie. Griffin then spurned a great chance for the visitors as he headed over from a corner. On 89 minutes a pass from Evans was collected on the edge of the box by Craig Loxton who tried to place his shot wide of the keeper, but Gill pushed it away to safety. On 90 minutes Chippenham substitute Ben Highmore missed from a narrow angle.
The next game at the Hand Stadium will be on Saturday, March 13, v Leamington, kick-off 3pm.
Clevedon Town Under-18s 3
Ashton United 2
NOT a lot was given away when these two top of the league sides met at the Hand Stadium
Town attacked early on with Ben Morgan and Rob Harraway forcing saves from Ashton's keeper and on the half-hour Tommy Milkins pulled the ball back for Harraway to open the scoring.
Four minutes later Ashton equalised, catching the Clevedon defence cold and early in the second half they took the lead. Ben Ricketts equalised for Town with a 30-yard effort over the defence and Town had the last say when Charles Conway fed Harraway who made no mistake from close range.
Town's manager Ricky said: "It was a good game to watch. They are a good team and to be fair, a draw would have been the right result. We were forced to dig in and at times were lucky to get out of gaol when they caught us on the break several times.
"As it goes, we are closing in now and have a quarter-final Southern League Youth Cup game away to Merthyr Tydfil on March 17. Our next home league game is on March 25 against Portishead.2
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