Clevedon Town (1) v Chipping Sodbury Town (1) - Match Report
By Tony Merrett assisted by Dave Wright
Clevedon entertained Chipping Sodbury Town for their last game of the season and after a quiet opening 45 minutes the game came to life after the break when both teams had chances to win but ultimately had to settle for a point each from a 1-1 draw.
The first attempt on goal came from the visitors in the 8th minute when Ryan Bath’s speculative effort from 25 yards went well wide.
On 13 minutes a cross from the left by Chipping Sodbury’s skipper Joe White saw Will Bennett punch clear with the ball falling to Sam Jenkins whose follow-up shot went wide.
Chipping Sodbury created a good chance in the 16th minute when a corner from the right by Joshua Cann was met by an unmarked Joe Guest whose glancing header went wide.
On 24 minutes a long cross-field ball from Owen Barry found Archie Ferris on the right and his attempted cross was blocked with the ball cleared up-field to Joe White who cut inside and saw his shot well saved by Will Bennett. 2 minutes later and the situation was repeated when Kevin Camargo played the ball down the right to Alex Camm whose attempted cross was blocked with the ball cleared forward to Ryan Bath who played the ball through for Joe White and his shot was blocked by the legs of Will Bennett.
In the 28th minute Sam Holden won the ball in the middle and played it forward to Alex Camm who exchanged passes with Kevin Camargo before shooting just over.
On 39 minutes the ball was played into the box where Ryan Bath’s turn and shot saw the ball saved by the feet of Will Bennett.
In the 1st minute of stoppage time a long ball forward was headed on by Archie Ferris to Alex Camm who seeing Tom Sheppard off his line attempted to chip the keeper but could only find the side netting.
Half Time: Clevedon Town 0 Chipping Sodbury Town 0
Chipping Sodbury took the lead on 53 minutes. A free-kick from the left by Sam Taylor found Joshua Cann at the far post and he headed the ball back across goal where Joe White attempted to back-heel it into the net but missed and unfortunately for the home team the ball deflected off Callum Kingdon and into the net to make the score 0-1.
It didn’t take long for Clevedon to get back on level terms. In the 64th minute there appeared little danger as a long ball forward was headed on by Archie Ferris. Dan Dyke attempted to head the ball back to Tom Sheppard but Archie sprinted after the ball and managed to reach the ball first and toe-end it past the keeper and into the net to make the score 1-1.
Chipping Sodbury then had a great chance to re-take the lead on 66 minutes when Dave Sims flashed the ball across the box where Ryan Bath somehow managed to miss an open goal.
Clevedon had a great chance to go in front themselves in the 78th minute when a long ball forward saw Tom Sheppard come out to claim the ball however substitute Joe Hance managed to get there first and take the ball around the keeper but his attempted shot at the empty net hit the covering defender and went behind for a corner.
On 79 minutes Clevedon created another chance when Archie Ferris won the ball in the box and passed to Joe Hance whose shot was well saved by Tom Sheppard.
Clevedon had to be grateful to Man of the Match Will Bennett in the 87th minute when a corner from the left saw Ryan Bath’s header heading into the top corner of the net but the young Clevedon keeper leapt to his left to tip the ball over the bar.
Although both teams kept pushing forward looking for the winner there were no further goals and the referee brought the game to an end with the score at 1-1. Clevedon finished the season with 40 points and in 14th place in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
Full Time: Clevedon Town 1 Chipping Sodbury Town 1
Just before the game kicked off the players were presented with the Player of the Season awards. Kaine Gazzard was named the Supporters’ Player, Callum Kingdon the Players’ Player, Sam Downe the Young Player and Kevin Camargo the Manager’s Player.
Clevedon Town Line-up:
1. Will Bennett
2. Tyler Ashmead
3. Owen Barry
4. Callum Kingdon
5. Ben Murray
6. Kye Mountford
7. Sam Holden
8. Kevin Camargo (c)
9. Archie Ferris - Goal on 64 minutes
10. Alex Camm
11. Sam Downe
12. Ryan Gissing replaced Tyler Ashmead on 82 minutes
14. Joe Hance replaced Sam Holden on 62 minutes
15. Glen Hayer replaced Sam Downe on 69 minutes
16. Dan Howard
17. Alex Crofts
Clevedon Town Man of the Match: Will Bennett