A game too far for United
PUBLISHED: 14:33 04 May 2011
Nailsea United lost to Watchet Town after their sixth game in 12 days.
Nailsea United 0 Watchet Town 4
FOURTH-placed Nailsea United were home to Watchet Town who were one place above them in the league as Nailsea played their sixth game in 12 days.
Alex Goodwin made space for himself to test the Watchet keeper after five minutes, but the visitors took the lead soon after. With the game a quarter of an hour old, Nailsea keeper Luke Davies was harshly judged to have brought a Watchet player down in the box. The resultant penalty kick was brilliantly saved by Davies, only to see a Watchet player follow up to bundle the ball into the net.
Nailsea were obviously feeling the strain of so many games in a short space of time, but had an opportunity on 35 minutes when a Stuart Lee shot was deflected for a corner with Mike Rowcliffe clipping the bar from the resultant corner kick.
With 15 minutes of the second half gone Sam Long replaced Russ Driver with Mark Wallington being replaced by Jim Lee five minutes later as manager Mark Savage looked to salvage at least a point.
With 20 minutes remaining a speculative high ball from the Watchet left flank was completely misjudged by Davies to drop into the Nailsea net to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Nailsea’s misery was completed on 80 minutes when a long kick out of the Watchet defence was headed into the home net.
Nailsea United 3 Cheddar 2
BEFORE the biggest crowd of the season, Nailsea United faced long time league leaders Cheddar.
Cheddar took an early lead on three minutes when a free kick was not defended by the home team allowing a visiting player to bundle the ball over the line. The Cheddar lead lasted less than 10 minutes, Stuart Lee giving the keeper no chance for the Nailsea equaliser.
A defensive mistake by Nailsea allowed Cheddar to retake the lead after 20 minutes with a close range shot. Immediately Nailsea lost Matt Vickers to be replaced by Sam Long on the right flank.
The home team were then grateful for a full length save by Luke Davies as Cheddar tried to extent their lead. Within minutes of the break the home side had two chances, a Matt Long free kick saved by the post by the Cheddar keeper and Ryan King firing over after a flick on by Stuart Lee.
After the break, Nailsea went close through Matt Long, Stuart Lee and Sam Long. Nailsea came after a free kick by Willmot was glanced in by Stuart Lee on 65 minutes.
With five minutes to go, Sam Long sent a cross into the danger area where Stuart Lee completed his hat-trick via the post.
Taunton Blackbrook 0
Nailsea United 0
NAILSEA travelled down the M5 to play mid table Taunton Blackbrook looking to extend their recent impressive run.
In the first half, Taunton was denied by a well-timed tackle by Callum Fisher and a good save by Luke Davies.
After the break, Nailsea went close through Matt Long and Stuart Lee. With a quarter of an hour to play, the best chance fell to Harry Hope who was sent through with a one on one with the keeper, the young striker shot strongly but the home keeper was able to save.
The final chance came with five minutes remaining on the clock, sustained pressure saw the ball fall to Sam Long on the left whose shot went just wide of the post.
Stockwood Green 1
Nailsea United 2
UNITED were seeking maximum points to confirm them as serious contenders for the league championship.
They took the lead on 10 minutes when Sam Long crossed for Ryan King t score. Five minutes later Ellis Willmot was adjudged to have fouled a Stockwood player in the box. The resultant penalty gave Nailsea keeper Luke Davies no chance to make the scores even at the break.
Pressure paid off with 15 minutes remaining following good play down the left, the ball was worked into the Stockwood goal area where King fired home from close range.
THE County League management have now decided to reverse their decision of last week in which they awarded Nailsea three points for the away game against Mangotsfield Reserves. They have now advised Nailsea that the fixture must be played probably during week commencing Monday May 16th.