Cleeve draw a blank against bat­tling Reds

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BISHOP’S Cleeve came un­stuck against fel­low Glouces­ter­shire side Fair­ford Town for the sec­ond time this sea­son, be­ing held to a 0-0 draw at Cin­der Lane.

Hav­ing lost 3-0 at home to Fair­ford ear­lier in the sea­son Cleeve had an early chance when Brad Martin’s knock down to Joe Bates saw Bates one on one with the keeper how­ever his lob was over­hit.

Har­ri­son Id­dles and Martin then saw shots dragged wide and the hosts nearly went in at half time with the lead when Char­lie Bai­ley fired off a tricky shot which Lewis Clay­ton was able to deal with.

The sec­ond half was a more even af­fair how­ever Cleeve were still un­able to ef­fec­tively test an ex­tremely solid and well or­gan­ised de­fence.

Martin saw a header go just wide and Jor­dan Staten’s header late on un­for­tu­nately looped over the bar.

Cleeve’s best chance of the sec­ond half came three min­utes from time when Id­dles’ cross found the on­rush­ing Jack Watts at the back post how­ever the tight an­gle from close range meant that Watts was only able to put the ball the wrong side of the post.

Fair­ford nearly snatched all three points at the end when a 25 yard shot was swerv­ing up into the top cor­ner how­ever Clay­ton was up to the task of sav­ing it.

Cleeve face an­other tough match away at Glouces­ter­shire ri­vals Tuf­fley Rovers next Sat­ur­day.

In Di­vi­sion One West, Cirences­ter Town De­vel­op­ment were 5-1 vic­tors against New Col­lege Swin­don.

Their goalscor­ers were Sam Farr, Con­nor Hibbs, Dan Roberts and two from Al­fie Cook.

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