Nailsea & Tickenham came out winners in top of the table clash

PUBLISHED: 10:22 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:22 25 October 2017

Archant

Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves came out winners in the top of the table clash with neighbours Portishead Town Reserves.

Nailsea & Tickenham Res 3

Portishead Res 2

The top two sides in Somerset county Division 1 West met for the second time this season in a thrilling derby encounter.

The game was played in difficult conditions with strong winds and rain battering down at Fryth Way, making it hard for both teams to get the ball down.

Portishead took the lead through former Nailsea and Tickenham player Nick Steadman after a defensive error by Jamie Mellor. Jimmy Potts was denied a penalty when he rounded the Portishead goalkeeper and was fouled, but the referee waved play.

It looked like it would be Portishead’s day when further misfortune handed Portishead a second goal when full-back Al Parsons was caught out with the wind and scored an own goal as an attempted clearance flew the wrong way.

The home side needed to come out fighting in the second half and that is exactly what they did, showing the character and determination that saw them pick up the Division 2 title last season.

Manager Smith made some changes and the comeback began after Joe Pratt edged a low shot past the Portishead keeper from close range following a corner to make it 2-1.

With Latta and Berry now out wide, Nailsea and Tickenham were finding space and opportunity down both sides and looked like scoring during every attack, but the Portishead keeper in fine form denying Berry, Pratt and Potts in quick succession.

Finally N and T equalised after Berry was fouled in the box and this time the penalty was awarded. Al Parsons showed character to step up and bang the penalty high above the keeper to make it 2-2.

There was little time left for a winner as Nailsea went for the winner and experienced striker Jimmy Potts showed all his class to expertly finish with a half volley sailing above the keepers head to jubilant scenes making it 3-2..

The S & R Burchills man of the match was Alan Mcferran for a hard working midfield performance.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

In the later phases of the swimming season a number of campaigns, both local and regional, come to a close.

Read more

If you are a footballer aged 16 or 17 on September 1 and would like to trial for the under-18 Somerset Floodlight League, Portishead Town FC will holding match trials at the BGS sports complex (4G), in Failand starting at 10am to noon on Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Harry Kane dug England out of a hole and secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:55

As the crowds gathered for day two of the Cleeve Beer, Cider & Gin Festival, coupled with the family fun day, Cleeve skipper, Glenn Lewin was keen the side put in a performance after several weeks of below par results. So, on winning the toss, Redcliffe were invited to bat first.

Read more
Mon, 12:00

With a reported three million pre-order sales, Nigeria’s kit is this summer’s standout design, but where does it sit amongst the greatest World Cup kits of all time?

Read more
Sunday, June 17, 2018

David Platt’s late winner against Belgium saw England advance to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, but how much do you remember about the match?

Read more
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pelé or Baggio? Batistuta or Maradona? Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Thomas or Gerd Müller?

Read more
Friday, June 15, 2018

From They Think It’s All Overs to Hands of God, 18-year-old solos and eight-second openers by San Marino, let it never be said that England’s participation in the World Cup has been boring.

Read more
Thursday, June 14, 2018

It’s a competition within a competition that has been won by some of the world’s greatest players, but who do you think will win the Golden Boot award at the World Cup?

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications