Clevedon cut down Bluebells on their path to the final
The league leaders prove too much for Yate en route to the Roger Stone Memorial Cup final
The visitors got off to the best possible start within the first minute, as the tricky Ethan Feltham cut inside to fire on target from the edge of the box and when Mason Hawkins failed to hold the dipping shot, Danny Morris pounced to tuck away the rebound.
The hosts needed to settle quickly, and they did start to press, notably through Toby Walwin’s efforts on the right. Ellis Kow unfortunately had to retire injured after an accidental collision and the home side had lost a strong influence up front.
Clevedon were content to allow Yate to play, but were quick to close the space when they were threatened, and they carried a pacy threat themselves in their own attacking third. Feltham spun into space to drive towards the bottom corner, and Hawkins went full-length to save well, before the away side thought they had a second score, but the linesman’s flag said differently.
Although Yate were still in the game, they were sitting deep, finding it difficult to create a meaningful scoring opportunity, but Ewan McMillan and Nathan Goodwin-Worrell were doing a decent job in central defence. A second goal on the hour, however, made the contest much more difficult. Feltham played a fine one-two to put in Jack Sell for Clevedon, and he finished with aplomb low past Hawkins for 0-2.
A direct ball over the top from the hosts set Walwin a yard free before he was blatantly clipped on the edge of the area. A yellow card and a direct free-kick seemed scant consolation, although Sam Knight’s powerful set-piece brought out a strong, flying save from the Clevedon stopper.
Late on, a surge down the visitor’s right flank ended with a flighted cross-shot that clipped the bar before the game ended and Clevedon now move on to the Cup Final to face either Bitton or Wells City.