First Half Blitz Seals Clevedon Win over Bucks
Buckland will be licking their wounds after Wednesday night’s setback against Clevedon Town, who were nearly relegated last season, but will be hoping that they can bounce back at Melksham’s Conigre ground on Saturday, a pitch on which they have never been beaten.
Clevedon Town, beaten 5-0 at Homers Heath and 6-0 at the Hand Stadium last season, proved a much more difficult prospect on Wednesday against a weakened Buckland side, racing into a deserved three goal lead, James Fisher with the 23rd minute opener and striker Isaac Reid with two goals in as many minutes, his first a blistering strike into the top corner from an Archie Ferris cross on 29 minutes. Liam Head hauled the Yellows back into the match two minutes later and Charlie Johansen struck his fifth of the season on the stroke of half time to set up an enticing second period.
The home side finally got what was to be the winning goal in the 66th minute, Isaac completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot, but Buckland were disappointed to have been awarded the equaliser one minute earlier only for the goal to be cruelly rescinded when the referee decided that there had been an infringement. Bucks were then dealt a further blow when both Head and Richard Groves left the field with injuries. Nick Rudge’s last minute third for the visitors, a long-range shot, wasn’t enough as Buckland succumbed to only their second league defeat of the season.