Seasiders snatch the win, despite the tide turning
By Gary Davis
Clevedon (the Seasiders) strengthen position as league leaders with a late winner after a spirited Yate fight-back
The match started in lively fashion, with both sides eager to play fast, attacking football. The visitors spurned an early chance with an off-target header from a free-kick before Mitch Osmond had a set-piece opportunity on 10 minutes and he expertly bent his shot low around the wall into the far corner, giving the away side the lead.
Yate’s efforts were mostly geared around using the pace of Takayo Nembhard off the last defender, but their general speed of play was not as rapid as Clevedon, who were closing down the space over the park, and breaking at pace.
Nathan Goodwin-Worrell and Ewan McMillan put in tidy shifts in defence, George Holland was strong in midfield and the hosts almost levelled as Nembhard got free in the right channel to whip over a telling cross, only for Reon Dawes to head against the bar. Shortly before the break, Jack Sell burst through the Clevedon midfield to lay off to Bailey Kempster in space, who checked back and clinically slotted home the second goal.
Although Yate were still in the game, an early third Clevedon goal seemed to suggest the game was done. A defensive slip allowed Sell to advance far too easily, for him to tuck the ball comfortably past Mason Hawkins, but this served to galvanise the hosts into raising their game up several notches.
After a continued period of good possession and better passing in their approaches, Sam Knight collected the ball, played a very neat one-two with Nembhard and tidily stroked the ball low into the corner to reduce the arrears. Pressure down the home left flank then led to the ball being fed into the box, moved on by Nembhard to the far post, where Ellis Kow turned well to notch up Yate’s second goal.
The tide had stopped and turned, as the home side were buoyed with renewed confidence, although Clevedon’s speed of their breaks made the game end-to-end for a while. Nembhard then picked up a pass with his back to goal, made a yard of space and unleashed a superb, dipping, long-ranger that flew into the top corner and the hosts were level at 3-3, with less than 15 minutes left.
Crushingly, in the 86th minute, Yate’s defence switched off, allowing a visiting attack to reach our bye-line, with three challenges falling short. The ball was cut back and Danny Morris smashed the winner high into the roof of the net.