TAUNTON TOWN 2 CLEVEDON TOWN 4
(SOMERSET PREMIER CUP SEMI-FINAL 02/04/12)
A barnstorming second half performance at Wordsworth Drive saw Clevedon Town come back from a goal down to beat Taunton Town 4-2 and move into their second cup final of the season.
Taunton had the better of the opening exchanges and deservedly took the lead in the 19th minute when Rodney Marsh beat Jason Mellor with a vicious dipping drive from 25 yards out that gave the keeper no chance. Left winger Corey Lewis next went close for the home team with a shot across goal and the same player was then on the end of a well-worked one-two but put the ball just wide of the post. Just before the break a cross from Marsh found Luke Redrup but his shot was safely gathered by Mellor. It was a poor 45 minutes for The Seasiders with only a couple of shots from Ollie Clarke and a powerful drive from Henry Muggeridge to cheer the sizeable away following.
Whatever manager Micky Bell
said to the players at the break it obviously had the desired effect as Clevedon started the second period with more purpose. And on 51 minutes they drew level when Ollie Clarke side stepped a defender and hit a 20 yard screamer into the back of the net. As The Seasiders grew in confidence they had a couple of shots blocked before a slice of good fortune gave them the lead. Jack McKenna tried his luck with a shot from the edge of the box and as it was going wide Henry Muggeridge popped up to deflect the ball into the other side of the goal leaving Taunton goalie Craig Veal stranded. Three minutes later it was 3-1 to the visitors from another great goal. A deep cross-field pass was brilliantly controlled on his chest by Cameron Ricketts who left his marker for dead and hit a superb low shot across Veal into the far corner of the goal. But the home side weren’t beaten yet and a defence-splitting pass from Raith Plant put Marsh through on goal and he coolly beat Mellor with a shot into the top corner to reduce the arrears. As Taunton pushed forward for an equaliser Clevedon caught them on the break as Reeko Best
powered down the right wing and crossed to substitute Joe Flurry
, unmarked in front of goal, but Joe took a touch and the chance to put the tie to bed was gone. But deep into time added on Clevedon did get a decisive fourth goal when Flurry made amends by picking out Muggeridge with an accurate pass and Henry calmly slotted the ball inside the near post to give The Seasiders a memorable victory and put them through to their second cup final of an amazing season.
Team: 1. Mellor (c), 2. Muggeridge, 3. Fisher, 4. Mills, 5. Kingdon, 6. Henderson-Hudson, 7. Ricketts, 8. Clarke, 9. Best (17. Brown 89m), 10. McKenna (15. Geeson 83m), 11. Edwards-Samuels (14. Flurry 77m)
TT: Marsh 2 (19m & 73m)
CT: Clarke (51m), Muggeridge 2 (65m & 90+5m), Ricketts (68m)
FT 2-4 (HT: 1-0)