Festive double for Nailsea United

PUBLISHED: 11:30 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 January 2018

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Nailsea United recorded a festive double over Shirehampton and near neighbours Nailsea & Tickenham.

Shirehampton 0

Nailsea United 1

Following last week’s fine win over Nailsea and Tickenham in the local derby, United travelled to play Shirehampton.

With 18 minutes on the clock United took the lead. Ben Pratt sent a deep cross where Ross Probert met the ball perfectly on the volley to beat the keeper for the only goal of the half.

The home side started the second period the stronger shooting past the post on 50 minutes. A strong run down the right by Luke Penberthy saw him leave his marker before pulling the ball back to Adam Marsden who saw the keeper make a fine diving save to keep his side in the game.

Shirehampton, although they sent a stream of crosses into the Nailsea goal area never really threatened as Adamson showed very good handling as United held out for the three points.

Manager Chris Adamson and his management team have used the exuberance of youth coupled with a high degree of skill to mould this United side into a more than an effective unit.

On Saturday, United are home to Ilminster Town, kick-off 2pm.

Nailsea United 3

Nailsea & Tickenham 2

A large crowd was in attendance for the first Nailsea derby of the season at The Grove, where Nailsea United hosted second in the table Nailsea & Tickenham.

United had a dream start when in the first attack the ball rebounded to Sam Olsen who calmly slotted the ball past the Tickenham keeper to give his side the lead after only two minutes.

After the United defence kept out a dangerous Tickenham free kick, the home defence were caught asleep allowing Tickenham to equalise with a shot from close range which gave keeper Owen Adamson no chance.

United retook the lead a minute later when Luke Penberthy was put through on goal to confidentially shoot past the advancing visiting keeper.

With two minutes of the first-half remaining, the ball fell to Ross Probert who dug out a deep cross beyond the far post where Jamie Roberts waited before unleashing an unstoppable volley which rocketed into the net to give United a two-goal cushion.

After the break, Tickenham began to call the tune with United indebted to keeper Adamson who showed clean handling throughout.

With four minutes of normal time remaining, Tickenham scored their second goal to bring the deficit to one goal to give themselves some hope a rescuing a point or more. However, the United rearguard reorganised to ensure that the visitor’s hopes were in vain.

This was a great win for the United youngsters over their local rivals. There is no doubt that the best side on the day were the victors with the whole defensive unit tackling as their lives depending on it with Marsden, Probert and Penberthy in attack allowing the Tickenham defence no space to play the ball out.

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