8:15 a.m. January 4, 2022
Clevedon Town was involved in a nine-goal thriller with the Under-23s of Chippenham Town, which saw the Seasiders lose 6-3 to Everyone Active 3G on Monday night.
Without a Toolstation Western League Division One match over the New Years weekend, Town manager Alex White hosted a practice match against the Young Bluebirds.
Chippenham took the lead after just 25 seconds when Raza Alamu jumped on a loose ball and cut from the left to shoot into the far corner of the net past goalkeeper Luca Smith.
Clevedon equalized in the 27th minute when Chippenham keeper Kyle Cooke could only hit a Clevedon corner directly and Alex Kemsley had enough of the ball with his follow-up header at close range to score.
With their tails up, Clevedon took the lead five minutes later when Alex Camm’s ball from a free kick was caught by Ollie Babington.
The lead was only five minutes longer as Ola Lawal was tripped from behind by Kemsley and Joel Smeadley stepped up with a penalty well-hit into the corner of the net.
The hosts regained the advantage after 50 minutes when Ethan Feltham’s powerful shot was pushed around the post for a corner kick by Cooke and when the ball came from the free kick Archie Heywood just passed Cooke to point the ball towards the goal and in the top corner to do it 3-2.
Feltham nearly hit fourth when he stole Cooke in the 73rd minute but saw his shot clear from the line and Chippenham immediately made Clevedon pay when moments later Bradbury’s failed shot managed to get past Lovell , not seen, in the net to move visitors to the level.
From there, Chippenham set off to win when Alamu’s powerful strike in the far corner put them 4-3.
Dan Ware then scored two goals in five minutes, the first he managed on a Noah Copping cross after 85 minutes and in added time he scored the end of another Copping through pass to get around Lovell to mark.
“It was a good exercise where the outcome was secondary, and we wanted to give the team a few minutes,” said White.
“I was glad we played some good football, the Under-18s who came in played well and the score aside it was a productive night.”
Eagerly, he added: “We are now ready to face Mousehole on Saturday which we are really looking forward to after the game there which was one of the best Toolstation Western League games I have seen. . “