United finish on top in first Nailsea derby of the season
PUBLISHED: 14:17 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 19 April 2017
Nailsea United defeated close neighbours Nailsea & Tickenham by just the one goal in the first derby of the season between the two sides.
Nailsea Utd 1
Nailsea & Tickenham 0
There was a large crowd at The Grove for the eagerly awaited first Nailsea derby of the season as United hosted the visitors Nailsea & Tickenham.
The visitors were looking to secure all three points to ensure they kept in contention for the championship with current leaders Watchet Town.
United gradually started to put pressure on the Tickenham goal with Ben Pratt finding Sam Olsen whose first-time shot was wide on the half-hour. Five minutes later, a well-worked move gave Pratt a sight on goal, but his effort was parried.
After the break, it was substitute Adam Bell who was the catalyst for the opening goal when he chased down a ball, before pulling the ball back to James Springett. He connected well with a volley which was well saved, but in the aftermath United were awarded a penalty. Bell expertly tucked away the spot kick to give United the lead.
United were unlucky not to go two up when Olsen was hit by the clearance from the Tickenham keeper only to see the ball rebound onto the post.
With 12 minutes to play, United made their second change with skipper Liam Lester who had another strong game partnering the equally impressive Mike Price, was replaced by Scott Fisher at the heart of the back four.
Tickenham continued to press having another chance on 82 minutes when a long ball split the United defence, but once again they were not able to capitalise. With three minutes of normal time remaining Shipway who had run himself into the ground and was replaced by Sam Long.
The referee decided to play eight minutes of added time which seemed like hours to the United supporters before the official blew for the end of the game with United the winners by a single goal.
So it was United that have the bragging rights for the time being until the two sides meet again at Fryth Way in two weeks time.
As for the Nailsea & Tickenham team, their disappointment at losing to their near neighbours was compounded by the Watchet Town result who were crowned champions following their defeat of Stockwood Wanderers.
On Saturday, United travel to Well City Reserves as they look to prolong their impressive run of results (3pm). At The Grove, the Reserves welcome Winscombe Reserves, also at 3pm.