Nailsea United lose final home game of the season

PUBLISHED: 11:11 16 May 2018

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Nailsea United narrowly lost their final home game of the season against old rivals Shirehampton.

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In the final home game of the season, Nailsea entertained old rivals Shirehampton at The Grove on a perfect day for football.

The opening exchanges were even, but Shirehampton took the lead on 10 minutes when a shot from 40 yards caught United keeper Owen Adamson off of his line with the ball dipping just below the cross bar to give the Bristol side a perfect start.

Within two minutes Adamson atoned himself by pushing a goalbound shot around the post to stop Shirehampton doubling their lead.

Nailsea had the next scoring opportunity with James Springett setting up Harry Hope, but his shot was tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper.

Nailsea did not have to wait long for the equaliser which came on 23 minutes with Hope sending a dangerous cross into the goal area where Sam Olsen was waiting to finish the.

On the half-hour mark the visitors were awarded a penalty which although Adamson dived the right way, he could not stop the ball squirming into the net to regain the lead for Shirehampton.

With five minutes of the first-half remaining it took a fine goalline clearance by Scott Fisher, who was named as the supporter’s player of the season at the awards ceremony later on in the evening, to stop Shirehampton adding to their lead.

With only four minutes left before the break, Nailsea scored the equaliser when good work by Hope and Luis Parnham saw Joe Sharps score after his first effort was blocked.

It was the home side that started the second half the strongest with Hope forcing the keeper to beat the ball away. Striker Adam Marsden was next to feature his effort was turned around the post for a corner.

A minute later Shirehampton were presented with another golden chance when a miss hit back pass saw their normally lethal forward Scott Bamford overrunning the ball.

On the stroke of full time, Shirehampton scored what transpired to be the winning goal when Nailsea were unable to clear their lines with visitors cutting through to place the ball wide of Adamson.

So the final home match ended in defeat but the very young Nailsea side could be proud of the way they fought the strong Shirehampton team to the final whistle.

If something could be learned from this game and probably from other matches in the season if Nailsea could score when they have the territorial advantage, they would have finished higher than their creditable seventh place in the league.

Lastly, a final reminder that the legends day starts at 1pm on May 27 with football, refreshments, drinks and a rare chance to see the records which John Hobbs kept of every game in full from 1960 and some going back into the 1950s.

If you only played one game for Nailsea United, the details will be available. Something not to be missed.

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