Nailsea United gain all three points on the road

PUBLISHED: 11:55 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 08 November 2017

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Nailsea United returned from Staplegrove with all three points in a fine performance.

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Nailsea were on the road again this time to the outskirts of Taunton to play Staplegrove and they returned with a fine victory.

It was Staplegrove that were quickest out of the blocks forcing Jack Smith to a couple of saves before the home side took the lead in the eighth minute when a Staplegrove forward was left unmarked to collect and score.

The visitors equalised when Nathan Shipway was set free after a good passing movement, his cross was met by fellow strike partner Adam Marsden who beat the keeper to the ball to steer it into the net.

The visitors were now looking the more dangerous of the two sides with Will Hodges picking out Shipway on the half-hour mark, but the advancing keeper blocked the shot. Five minutes later a well-struck free kick from James Springett brought a flying save from the home custodian.

Right from the restart, Rob Brown picked out Shipway brilliantly with a 30-yard pass but once again the home keeper came off his line quickly to smother the shot and soon after Scott Fisher and Shipway both went close.

Ten minutes into the half Will Hodges was fouled in the box and after due deliberation the referee pointed to the spot. Adam Marsden took responsibility sending the keeper the wrong way to tuck the ball into back of the net to give Nailsea the lead.

With 15 minutes remaining, a rare Staplegrove attack saw the ball flash across the United goal area to remind them that the job was not done. Within three minutes Joe Sharps could not convert a one-on-one chance with the keeper with Will Hodges unable to fire the rebound on target.

Although only one goal separated the two sides, the United management were pleased at the number of chances created as the young forward line gain experience. The defence after the early error were strong with the midfield feeding the forwards with intelligent passes.

It was a good week for the other Nailsea sides, with only the young colts side failing to win. Congratulations to the B team on going back to the top of the league.

On Saturday, the first team are in senior cup action away to Hengrove Athletic Reserves, kick-off 1.45pm. At The Grove, the Reserves entertain league leaders AFC Brislington (2.30pm).

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