Clayton Fortune rescues point for Clevedon Town against Evesham
Clayton Fortune hit an injury-time equaliser to save a point for Clevedon Town in a 1-1 draw against Evesham in Division One South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League.
The draw left Mickey Bell’s side in eighth place in the table on an afternoon where several matches fell victim to the bad weather.
Hard work by the Hand Stadium groundstaff allowed this match to go ahead and the home side responded by putting the visitors under pressure from the first whistle.
Aron Robbins charged down a United clearance early on, but slipped his shot just wide of the upright.
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Leigh Downing fired wide in response for Evesham, but the hosts were soon back on the front foot with Rory Prendergast and Fortune having efforts saved.
Fortune went even closer soon afterwards, but visiting goalkeeper Tom Cross just got his fingertips to the shot from Alex Russell’s through ball.
However, very much against the run of play, United took the lead eight minutes before half-time when Sam Adkins blasted a terrific effort beyond Lee Matthews from 30 yards.
Clevedon came close to an equaliser before the break, but Robbins’ shot skimmed the top of the crossbar.
The home side continued to turn the screw in the second half, but needed Matthews to make a good save from Carl Brown to keep the deficit down to one.
Leon Kandekore then beat Matthews with a fine chip, but the ball struck the post and rebounded to safety.
Town kept plugging away, though, and were eventually rewarded with an equaliser in stoppage-time.
Robbins’ free-kick into the danger zone caused panic in the defence and the ball ran loose for Fortune to place a shot through the crowd to salvage a point.
Mangotsfield were soundly beaten 3-0 by Merthyr.
Ryan Prosser opened the scoring after 31 minutes and the Welsh side ought to have been further ahead by half-time.
It remained that way until the final 15 minutes when former Mangotsfield man Gary Colbourne headed the second and Prosser then claimed the third.
Swindon Supermarine went down 1-0 at fellow title-aspirants Hungerford, Ben Pugh scoring after 11 minutes.
The Division One South & West games between Bishop’s Cleeve and Bridgwater; Paulton and Poole; Taunton and Shortwood; and Yate and Tiverton were all postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
There are several fixtures tomorrow including Bridgwater versus North Leigh, Didcot against Taunton, Mangotsfield at home to Bishop’s Cleeve, Merthyr versus Cirencester, Paulton against Abingdon, Poole versus Cinderford and Shortwood against Yate.