Match Data 2000/2001


Havant & Waterlooville 1
Clevedon Town 0

Southern League Premier Division - Mon Apr 16, 2001

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Paul Nicholls
Gary Connolly
Ben Price
Aaron Cook
Shaun Gale
Liam Daish
Dean Blake (O'Rourke, 24)
Tim Hambley
Paul Wood
David Leworthy
Neil Champion (Anstey, 84)

Substitutes
James Taylor
Jamie O'Rourke (Taylor, 35)
Craig Anstey

Goals


Hawks
Leworthy (47)

Clevedon Town

Att: 328
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Having played find the uncracked seat again in the stand yesterday Iím extremely pleased that the new one is on the way. I can understand that the club donít want to put money into repairing the current seating but its getting quite hard to find a safe perch to sit on these days at the directorsí end. Woe betide any young miscreants who threaten the replacement in that manner, Iíll skin Ďem personally.

So it was Clevedonís turn on Bank Holiday Monday to fall at the feet of the Hawks on their march up the table. More of an amble though I think on our part on this particular occasion as a slow game that never really came to life on either side was settled by a solitary goal very early in the second half. A typical run from Woody brought the ball forward past Ian Harvey, through the Clevedon defence and provided a pinpoint cross to Dave Leworthy. Left with a perfect opportunity to show some real skill the Non League Legend bent the ball round Mark Hervin in goal to see it skim off the post and roll round the back of the net.

That really was the only highlight in an otherwise low key encounter. Obviously in the position we are any excess expenditure of energy has to be watched and for the most part we tripped our way through the game doing just enough to keep tabs on an equally tired looking Clevedon. Concern for the players must be growing now in all quarters as several through the game showed signs of injury. Dean Blake took a knock while setting up Woody for a super strike in the 17th minute, palmed over by Hervin at full stretch. He hobbled on but was replaced by Jamie OíRourke seven minutes later. Jamie himself then returned to the bench ten minutes after that with what looked like a groin strain. When Champion doubled up clutching his back around the same time it looked like weíd be through all three subs before half time but fortunately he was able to play on.

Connolly on the right wing sent in some good balls almost from the corner flag, narrowly missing Dave Leworthy on a forward run twice, and Woody took a shot that flew well over the bar. Graham McLean tested Nicholls just before half time after breaking through our defence, but one on one Paul smothered the shot well. Early in the second half he stopped a second attempt from the Canadian forward, several defensive errors letting him through on goal again.

Wayne Thorne did actually get the ball in the net for Clevedon in the 68th minute, but our back line, resolute on the edge of the area, claimed and were given the offside decision. Nicholls stopped McLean with a super block for the third time shortly after and one of Gary Connollyís crosses almost found the goal untouched as it bounced off the top of the post. Clevedon started to look a little more threatening toward the end of the game, sensing quite rightly that among the numerous mistakes we were making a lucky goal would be possible. They didnít ever look really threatening though and the last chance of the game went our way as Hervin blocked a shot from Taylor in the 86th minute. The ball bounced back out to Leworthy who attempted a lob from about 30 yards. The keeper could but watch as the ball sailed over him but it fell just wide of the post.

Next up, Fisher on Wednesday evening. The 1pm kick off time for the game against Crawley on Sunday is now subject to change as Trevor is trying to alter it to something more suitable. Iím sure once the kick off is settled the correct time will appear on the message boards.