Jack Watts bagged two goals to bring his total up to 10 for the season, while the other goal came from the work of Isaac Pearce as his cross was aided by the wind and beat the keeper in the 45TH+1.
The opposition’s goal came in the 92nd as a penalty was awarded and red card given to Lorcan Sheehan for a last man tackle, Luke Balligner the scorer for Melksham.
The Town could have easily taken an early lead if it was not for the defensive efforts of both the Mitres back line and Clayton in net. Melksham dominated early on, and spent most of the first 5 minutes in the Cleeve half.
Clayton was forced into his first big save of the match after a Albert Hopkins freekick was heading towards the net, before the keeper jumped and rose high to deflect it out for a corner.
Clayton’s next bit of action was a long goal kick the eventually set up Watts’ first goal. The Mitres keeper kicked the ball about 80 meters from his own goal, where Watts initialled struggled to get the ball at his feet, it eventually deflected off a defender and back to him. Where he then took a good shot which swerved past Alfie Burnett in the opposing goal.
After the goal Cleeve did look better but were still on the back foot as the black and yellow attack of Melksham kept pushing forward, once again it was Clayton that kept the Mitres in the match as a low fast shot was driven to his right, but he got down fast and well to keep the ball out of the net.
At times it seemed Melksham were just one pass away from scoring their goal, which they thoroughly deserved at this point and as once again they worked their way into the box but the final pass couldn’t find a yellow shirt.
Just before the half Cleeve added to their total as Pearce put a ball in to the box that does enough to trouble the keeper, however as he came out to claim it, the wind does enough to put it past him and it dribbled into the net.
Melksham did well to not let the goal dampen their spirits as they would get one more attempt on goal before the half which again was well saved by Clayton.
Bishop’s Cleeve looked a lot more threatening attack coming out of the second half, although would have nothing to show for it, as George Box had three attempts, one blocked and two missed off some link up play between Archie Haskayne and Jack Watts to Box.
The game would fall more into balance after Cleeve’s initial attacks in the second half as the subs came on, the game became a lot more back and forth although no clear cut chances were produced by either team.
By the 81st all the subs had been made and Cleeve still 2-0 ahead, the defensive efforts of the Mitres would be tested as Joe Jeremiah made an outstanding last man tackle and later Clayton was once again called into action on a low driven shot.
This stops would prove fruitful as Watts netted his second of the match putting the game out of reach for the Town. Box drove towards the net before being tackled however the ball is loose afterwards and fell to his strike partner who controlled it well before putting a little dink over the trailing leg of the Melksham keeper.
In the 90th minute, Sheehan is sent off and a penalty is awarded as the Mitre is the last man, put an arm on Hopkins who then went down. Ballinger then stepped up to take the penalty. Put it to the right of Clayton into the side netting, while the keeper went to his left, ending his clean sheet for the night.
Two wins on the bounce for Bishop’s Cleeve see them move up to ninth in the table for now, with others still to play this game week. While the Mitres squad now gear up to play Westbury United away on Saturday.
Report by Oli Lewis