Nailsea United enjoy excellent away victory

PUBLISHED: 14:44 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 12 April 2017

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Nailsea United came away from Odd Down Reserves in Bath with all three points from a fine performance.

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Nailsea United travelled to play Odd Down Reserves in Bath and came away with a fine victory.

Nailsea made the perfect start when Nathan Shipway was sent away in the first minute. He outpaced the home defence and beat the advancing keeper to coolly slip the ball past him into the empty net.

On eight minutes a swift counter attack by United saw Nathan Hall just wide with a shot across goal. However, four minutes later Odd Down scored the equaliser from a free kick to the far post which was tucked away.

The game was now more even after the explosive start with Nailsea coming close with five minutes of the first-half remaining. A perfect crossfield pass by James Springett picked out Sam Long, who in turn pulled the ball back to Sam Olsen, only to see the home keeper gather the shot.

It was Nailsea that took the game to the home side on the restart with Hall going close.

On the hour, Long had a mazy run passing three Odd Down defender before his effort rebounded from the far post with the keeper beaten, followed soon after by Hall’s fierce volley fizzed past the post.

Nailsea were now pulling all the strings and it was no surprise when they regained the lead. With 15 minutes remaining, Long beat his marker to reach the goal line before pulling the ball back to Ben Pinkney, who showed composure beyond his years to rifle the ball into the back of the Odd Down net.

In the closing minutes Odd Down were awarded a free kick just outside the box which was well gathered at the near post by Rob Brown, who again showed his versatility by having a fine game in goal making several timely clearances.

This was yet another fine performance by a Nailsea side that have picked up 10 points out of a possible 12 in the last four games.

Once again the United back four gave little away as they snuffed out Odd Down attacks. It was pleasing to see at the end of the match the team spirit this set of players now have as they congratulated each other and manager Rob Prior. They are now in a healthy seventh position in the league.

Next week comes a severe test when the local derby with Nailsea & Tickenham takes place at The Grove, kick-off 3pm. The visitors will be desperate for points as they try to get their championship hopes back on track.

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