Robbins wins it for Clevedon in stoppage-time
TWO-goal Aron Robbins rewarded everyone at Clevedon for getting their game on with a dramatic late winner in Division One South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League.
Robbins struck the crucial goal deep into stoppage-time after North Leigh's Jimmy Deabill had equalised Robbins' first-half opener as the match moved beyond 90 minutes.
Despite the awful conditions, Mickey Bell's Clevedon side dominated from the start and were only denied a second-minute lead when goalkeeper Sam Warrell went full length to save from Dave Stone.
Reeko Best, Clayton Fortune and Stone again had chances for Town, before the visitors' Michael Hopkins lifted a close-range effort over the crossbar.
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Clevedon took the lead just short of the half-hour mark when Best crossed from the right and Robbins arrived at the far post to head the ball beyond Warrell.
In the second half, the hosts could have extended their lead, but Best, Robbins and Adie Adams all failed to convert opportunities that came their way.
For all their superiority, though, it looked as if Town's performance had gone to waste when North Leigh conjured an equaliser going into stoppage-time.
Warrell launched a big kick downfield and Deabill's shot went through the hands of home goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira and into the net.
Clevedon refused to accept their fate, though, and won a free-kick just outside the visitors' penalty area in the third minute of added time.
Robbins fired the ball goalwards and his effort took a deflection off the North Leigh wall to deceive Warrell and earn the hosts a deserved three points.
Only two other games went ahead in Division One South & West and one of those failed to last the distance – although not because of the bad weather.
Evesham were beating visiting Wimborne 3-0 after 38 minutes when the floodlights went out and the game had to be abandoned when the problem could not be resolved.
Carl Brown, Evesham's recent recruit from Bishop's Cleeve, had scored a brace on his debut, while Henry Eze was also on target.
The game did go to distance at Hungerford, however, where the hosts beat Tiverton 1-0 thanks to a 70th-minute goal from Diak John.
Mangotsfield's home match with Didcot, Paulton's game against visiting Abingdon and Yate's visit to Sholing were all postponed because of the bad weather, as were the fixtures between Bishop's Cleeve and Taunton, Bridgwater and Winchester, Poole and Cinderford and Shortwood and Swindon Supermarine.
Several rearranged Red Insure Cup round two ties are due to be played this week. Tomorrow, Paulton visit to Tiverton, while Yate host Cinderford (7.45pm).