Nailsea & Tickenham register victory in tough conditions

PUBLISHED: 12:09 14 February 2018

Nailsea & Tickenham v Clevedon Utd.

Nailsea & Tickenham v Clevedon Utd.

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Nailsea & Tickenham returned from Wells City with all three points in difficult conditions.

Wells City 0

Nailsea & Tickenham 3

On a day with very few Premier Division games played, referee Simon Venn deserves special praise for officiating in difficult conditions.

It did not take the Swags long to get into their stride, with 12 minutes on the clock, young Brad Cogan’s rasping shot was well saved by home custodian Harrison Veale. N&T did get the ball in the net on 20 minutes, but Gary Freeman’s header was ruled out for a foul on Veale. Chris Gale had two good opportunities to score, but Veale was in great form to deny him on both occasions.

The breakthrough came just before half-time. A short corner was played to Cogan whose cross was met by Dan Paterson who headed home.

The second half started at the same pace as the first and it only took five minutes to double their lead. Kye Mountford’s pass put Gale through on goal and he finished in style.

The game was put to bed 10 minutes later when hard-working midfielder Aaron Latta ran through on goal rounding the keeper for number three.

With 15 minutes remaining, home midfielder Mitchell received his marching orders for some colourful language which sealed Wells fate. Veale the home custodian continued to perform heroics pulling off saves from Seeley, Pilgrim and Shaunassey.

Mellor’s goal was rarely troubled in the game, with Mike Wallington marshalling the Swags defence well. N&T were awarded a penalty with minutes remaining, following a foul on Seeley, with Latta missing the target from 12 yards.

This was a good run out before Saturday’s first v second when the Swags travel to Chilcompton.

India Cottage man of the match was Aaron Latta.

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