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Bishops Cleeve
North Leigh
J Watts (48')
Full time
Unknown (31')
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 63

Second half fightback not enough for Cleeve as points shared.

Considering boss Steve Cleal set a target of 4 wins from the last 8 games of the season Cleeve started really poorly.

North Leigh seriously threatened the Cleeve defence early on with Josh Thomas and George Seacole breaking through with regularity.

The inevitable goal came on the half hour mark when Thomas was put in by Seacole for a simple finish.

Cleeve nearly equalised on the stroke of halftime when Jack Watts received the ball in a crowded box but his shot was tipped well onto the crossbar by Ross Grimshaw in the North Leigh goal.

In a phrase used far too often this season, Cleeve were as good in the first half as they were poor in the first and they equalised 3 minutes into the half when North Leigh gave the ball away to Watts who blasted the ball into the roof of the net.

Cleeve then kept the pressure on but were unable to capitalise whilst at the other end, Thomas and Seacole forced some fine saves from Man of the Match Sam Gilder.

In the 88th minute, an attack by Cleeve saw Joe Bates slide a ball past a wrong footed defender and it fell perfectly to Watts who’s shot looked like it would break the net to give the hosts a vital three points. Unfortunately it was just wide and smashed the wall behind the goal and the match finished 1-1.

Cleeve’s next match is at home to Larkhall on Tuesday evening.

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Key moments

Goal Goal for North Leigh
Goal Jack Watts scores for Bishops Cleeve


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83:00 Sub Off
James McCarthy is substituted off for Bishops Cleeve
83:00 Sub On
Ben Hands is substituted on for Bishops Cleeve
76:00 Sub On
Ben Aitken is substituted on for Bishops Cleeve
76:00 Sub Off
Joe Noakes is substituted off for Bishops Cleeve
48:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jack Watts scores for Bishops Cleeve
End of period 1
40:00 Sub On
Ieuan Crowe is substituted on for Bishops Cleeve
40:00 Sub Off
Harlie Price is substituted off for Bishops Cleeve
31:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for North Leigh
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bishops Cleeve
  • North Leigh
  • 0
  • Goal 31:00'
  • Harlie Price Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ieuan Crowe Sub On 40:00'
  • Jack Watts Goal 48:00'
  • Joe Noakes Sub Off 76:00'
  • Ben Aitken Sub On 76:00'
  • James McCarthy Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ben Hands Sub On 83:00'

Team selection

Gilder, Sam Gilder, Sam
Butler, Olly Butler, Olly
Haswell, Tristan Haswell, Tristan
Price, Harlie Price, Harlie
Ford, Michael Ford, Michael
Staten, Jordan Staten, Jordan
Noakes, Joe Noakes, Joe
McCarthy, James McCarthy, James
Bates, Joe Bates, Joe
Watts, Jack Watts, Jack
Iddles, Harrison Iddles, Harrison

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Mangotsfield United 42 41
17. Shortwood United 42 40
18. North Leigh 42 38
19. Paulton Rovers 42 37
20. Slimbridge 42 35
21. Barnstaple Town 42 29
22. Bishops Cleeve 42 24

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