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

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

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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.

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