Nailsea United enjoy comfortable away victory

PUBLISHED: 09:52 18 April 2018

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Nailsea United returned from Clutton with all three points from a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Clutton 0

Nailsea United 4

After many weeks of wet and cold weather, the sun was out as Nailsea United travelled to Clutton.

Nailsea forced a corner after three minutes which was taken by Ross Prosser. The Clutton defence failed to clear the ball allowing an alert Harry Hope to score from close range.

A minute later, Nailsea were awarded a free kick which was expertly taken by James Springett towards Stuart Lee who out jumped the home defence to flick the ball into the net to double his team’s advantage.

After such a frenetic start, the game settled down with the home side recovering their composure as the play evened out.

The first real chance for Clutton came on 35 minutes, but the shot was well wide of the target. With 10 minutes of the first-half remaining, a run by Hope along the goal line saw him pull the ball back to Sam Olsen who showed good awareness to feed Adam Marsden, who outwitted his marker to drive the ball into the Clutton net to give Nailsea a well-deserved three-goal advantage.

The second half started with Hope making typical run before cutting in to shoot which required the combination of the home keeper and a defender to keep it out of the net.

Despite having more of the ball, Clutton never really threatened the United lead. On 78 minutes a run Hope saw his long cross go beyond the Clutton penalty area where it was picked up by Kin, but the resultant shot did not trouble the home keeper.

Then as full-time was due, a long ball was chased down by Ben Pinkneyand he delivered a perfect ball into the middle where Joe Sharps headed wide of the keeper and into the net off of the far post.

A clean sheet for Nailsea whose defence stood firm particularly in the second half, with Louis Parnham giving a performance well ahead of his years. Louis is just one of the younger players who are getting use to the rigours of county football which bodes well for next season.

The Reserves are at home tonight (Wed) against Stockwood Green Reserves. Kick-off 6.30pm.

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