Game 6: Clevedon Town 1.2 Bristol Manor Farm (Western Premier) 26.11.16
Drove past several Western League grounds and took in a diversion around South Bristol en route to the Hand Stadium, home of Clevedon Town. The complex has an decent sized car park and I found a space just outside the turnstiles – ideal on a sunny but cold day. Bristol Manor Farm were the league leaders going into the game and it was no surprise that they had the better of the play for most of the first half. Clevedon started to get back into the game in the last fifteen minutes and almost took the lead when a Bristol player headed a back pass past his keeper. It went just wide to give Clevedon a corner. Nothing came from that but just before half time Bristol took the lead from a corner at the far end, a player got into space and headed the ball in at the near post.
Clevedon were unlucky not to equalise at the start of the second half. They got the ball into space wide in the area and put a powerful cross in but no-one was able to get a touch on the ball to knock it in. They also had a shot into the side netting and a potential penalty shout turned down before scoring from a set piece with ten minutes to go. A free kick into the middle of the area was headed past the Bristol keeper. The goal had been coming and it looked like we would see a draw until the last moments of injury time. Bristol pressed forward and a shot rebounded off a post and landed at a Bristol player’s foot in the six yard box. He couldn’t miss and despite the lengthy protests from the home team, the officials gave the goal and not offside. One of the Clevedon players was so frustrated he booted the ball hard towards the assistant referee.