Mangotsfield come out on top in cup tie against Clevedon
MANGOTSFIELD United finally overcame Clevedon Town to book their place in the second round of the Red Insure Cup.
The game at Cossham Street was re-arranged for Monday night after the original tie had to be abandoned in extra-time when the lights failed at 3-3.
Both sides made numerous changes and it seemed as if they were going to cancel each other out, with the defences on top in the first 20 minutes.
The malaise was broken by Clevedon's Scott Murray, pictured, striking a rasping free-kick which shaved the Mangotsfield crossbar.
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Clevedon continued to press, with efforts from Bobby Medjeoub, Aaron Robbins and Dave Stone all being saved by the United keeper, Kevin Sawyer.
However, it was not a one-sided affair, as Mangotsfield forced Dylan Castanheira into fine saves from Lee Marshall, Aaron Hopkins and Josh Klein-Davies.
The second half started at a blistering pace, with chances at both ends and, in the 59th minute, after a mix up in the home defence, Reeko Best was able to poke home the easiest of chances to put Clevedon ahead.
Still being played at a frantic pace and with chances going begging at both ends, Clevedon knew that a goal may not be enough to secure victory. It proved the case when in the 71st minute, Clevedon gave away a needless free-kick out near the touch line. Aaron Hopkinson took the kick and sent the ball deep in to the Clevedon penalty area where it found Lee Marshall who was able to have a clear header to bring the scores level. The tie looked as if it may be drifting slowly towards extra time again, when in the 85th minute, a shot across the box from Dan Williams, for Clevedon, hit the inside of the far post and bounced back into play.
While the visiting supporters were lamenting the miss, Kevin Sawyer in the home goal, launched the ball up to Klien-Davies who rounded the only Clevedon defender and slid the ball past the rushing Castanheira to put the hosts 2-1 up.
Clevedon entertain Mangotsfield United at the Hand Stadium on Saturday (3pm) in an Evo-Stik Southern League fixture