Despite Cleeve having the better of the possession Bridgwater always looked dangerous on the break with Pete Knox hitting the bar from 15 yards having outpaced the Cleeve defence, and it was Knox who put the home side in front on 34 minutes.
Graham Mercieca’s shot across James Nortei hit the post Knox fired in the rebound.
The Villagers continued to dominate possession in the second half but were having difficulty breaking down a packed Bridgwater defence until the 66th minute when a flowing movement down the left, involving several players, culminated in Carl Brown finding Michael Jackson
on the edge of the penalty area and his low drive found the bottom corner of the well beaten Stuart Wood’s goal.
In the 73rd minute Brown was brought down from behind and Mark Pritchett strode up to fire the free kick along the ground, past the wall with Wood stranded on the other side of the goal.
Jack Wood had an opportunity to increase the advantage when Brown put him clear but his attempt to curl the ball round the advancing Wood went agonisingly wide.
By Nigel Green