Clevedon Town 0
Shortwood United 5
SHORTWOOD United maintained their Calor League Division One South and West play-off charge with an emphatic win beside the seaside at Clevedon Town.
Despite a “distinctly average” first half performance in the words of joint boss Alex Sykes, Wood had more than enough to dispose of the lowly hosts at the Hand Stadium.
Fames for their fabulous FA Cup exploits at the start of the season, Wood are now just one point off the all-important top five spots in Division One South and West with seven games of the season remaining.
Shortwood started brightly but Clevedon missed a golden opportunity to take the lead after only four minutes when John Cant slipped and Kyle Thomas raced through but wasted his chance by curling the ball wide of Tom King’s goal.
It was Clevedon’s best chance of the game and they were made to pay for missing it within two minutes.
Ross Langworthy crossed the ball, Adam Price controlled it beautifully and fired a fine low shot across keeper Kayne Mannings and into the bottom corner.
The game settled into a pattern as Shortwood enjoyed the bulk of possession but could not break through.
Duncan Culley made a good run but found himself closed out and Mannings saved his side by racing off his line to whip the ball off the Wood striker’s boot.
Just before the break Shortwood scored two goals in a minute and both of them were gems.
King launched the ball long and Langworthy flicked the ball past a defender and fired an unstoppable shot over Mannings but under the bar.
In their very next attack Jake Parrott put Culley through and he shot past Mannings to make the half-time score line 3-0 to the men from Meadowbank.
Shortwood were much more urgent in the second half and chivvied and chased Clevedon and forced them further and further on to the back foot.
Sam Avery hammered the ball against the post and it seemed that Shortwood might score with every attack but had to wait until the 64th minute to grab the goal their play deserved.
Mannings, under pressure from Culley cleared the ball straight to Parrott who raced through and knocked the ball past the keeper as he advanced.
Shortwood continued to press and Langworthy and Price had chances and Culley fired a cross right across the six yard box with no one to touch the ball home.
Finally in the 88th minute Culley charged down Mannings’s attempted clearance and knocked the ball into the empty net to complete the rout.
Shortwood United: T King, S Avery, J Cant (M Bennett 60), A Thomas (Poole 70), J Coates, M Richards,T Hancock, J Parrott (John 74), R Langworthy, A Price, D Culley: Subs not used: Sykes, Hoskins.