Nailsea United crash out in penalty shoot-out
PUBLISHED: 14:54 08 March 2017
Nailsea United crashed out of the Somerset Cup in a penalty shoot-out against Odd Down Reserves.
Nailsea Utd 3
Odd Down Res 3
(Odd Down won 4-2 on penalties)
It was cup action at The Grove as Nailsea United hosted Odd Down Reserves in the quarter-finals of the Somerset Senior Cup.
Nailsea had the first chance to open their account on five minutes when Matt Long was through on goal, but the visiting keeper forced him wide. The visitors took the lead on 21 minutes when they scored from close range.
Nailsea began to see more of the ball as the half progressed, with a James Springett corner causing problems for Odd Down, but again Long could not get the vital touch.
United could have gone two down at the start of the second half with Rob Brown racing from his line to clear as Odd Down attacked. On 50 minutes the equaliser was scored by Long, who turned in a Ben Pratt cross.
Nailsea were now the better side as they sought to take the lead for the first time. This they did on the hour, with James Taylor finding Adam Bell, who shrugged off a defender to place the ball confidently beyond the keeper and into the back of the net. Odd Down were desperately searching to get back into the game and with only five minutes remaining, a strong shot could only be pushed into the post by Brown before crossing the line.
Nailsea retook the lead just two minutes into the first-half of extra time when Scott Fisher crossed for Nathan Shipway to send a firm header beyond the keeper to restore the lead for his side.
Three minutes later, Nailsea could have doubled their lead when a Long free kick was saved by the keeper with Long seizing on the rebound, only to see the ball deflected for a corner.
Nailsea conceded a goal with aminute remaining before the break when a free kick was headed in.
The last period if extra time was played mainly in midfield and the only chance came to Odd Down, who were given a free kick following a foul by James Taylor, which resulted in the referee sending him off.
Nailsea were first to open the penalty shoot-out with Springett scoring. Odd Down equalised with their first kick, before Pratt’s effort was saved. Odd Down converted before Rob Brown scored for Nailsea.
Again Odd Down made no mistake with penalty number three, but Long missed his. Odd Down converted their fourth penalty to take them into the semi finals.
On Saturday, the first team have no match as they gather themselves for the run in to the end of the season.
It was not all bad news for Nailsea United as the A team secured their place in the Hospital Cup final with a fine 4-1 win over Wrington Redhill Reserves.
The B side were presented with the Weston & District Division Four trophy as they secured the league championship with a resounding home win over Burnham United by four clear goals. Many congratulations to the management and players of both sides.
On Saturday at The Grove, the Reserves play Burnham United Reserves as they look to take three points to climb the table. Kick-off 3pm.