FOOTBALL: Abingdon too clinical for Clevedon

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Abingdon United made it three Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West victories in a row with a confident display against Clevedon at Northcourt Road on Saturday.

Despite having not played for nearly three weeks, Abingdon started brightly and went ahead early on.

Aaron Woodley raced down the left before whipping in a dangerous cross that wasn’t cleared and Ben Whitehead pounced to smash the ball into the far corner past James Dunne in the Clevedon goal.

However, nine minutes later, Adi Adams sidefooted the equaliser from six yards out after some poor defending.

Clevedon spurned a number of chances to take the lead, while at the other end Whitehead almost got a second, but fired wide.

Richie Bourne’s side restored their lead after the break, though there was an element of good fortune about it.

Gianlucca Riccio fired in a low cross-shot towards the far post, only for a Clevedon defender to turn the ball into his own net trying to clear.

Woodley then screwed the ball wide after the Clevedon keeper charged off his line.

Victory was sealed whenWoodley broke down the right and his cut back allowed the on-rushing Carl Self to fire across Dunne into the far corner.

Nick Christodolou almost added to their tally with five minutes to go when he flicked on a free-kick, only to hit the bar and bounce to safety, before he drilled a low effort past the keeper, but wide of the upright as Abingdon extended their winning streak.

Abingdon Utd: Foster, Riccio, Young, Carnell, Crudup, Evans, Nowell (Biddle 62), Melledew, Woodley, Self (Christodolou 78), Whitehead. Subs not used: Bourne, Halliday.

Attendance: 53.

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