Derby defeat for United

PUBLISHED: 14:14 30 November 2011




Second-placed Nailsea United lost 2-0 to near neighbours Ashton & Backwell.

ASHTON & Backwell were the visitors to The Grove looking to enhance their ambition to return to Toolstation football against second-placed Nailsea.

Nailsea had an early chance when Matt Long turned quickly in the box only to see his shot saved by the Ashton keeper. Good passing between Matt Long and Darren Bloomfield setting the latter free on the right, but his cross was covered by the keeper at full stretch.

The hosts had another scoring chance when a clever ball from James Springett found Jim Lee, whose deft flick was saved by the Ashton keeper. On the half-hour, Nailsea were fortunate not to give a penalty away when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Matt Vickers, only for the official to wave play on.

The last 10 minutes of the half saw the visitors having the better chances with Scott Kendall tipping a goal bound header onto the bar and then flying to his right to save another shot.

At the start of the second half , Nailsea replaced the injured Alex Goodwin with Mike Rowcliffe. Another injury, this time to Ellis Wilmot on 65 minutes saw him replaced by Alex Paul. Almost immediately another scramble in the Aston goal ended with Nailsea again unable to score the opening goal.

With 10 minutes to go Ashton broke the deadlock when the ball was headed home, despite the despairing dive of Kendall. The last chance of Nailsea salvaging a point fell to Springett, his shot going just over the bar.

With Nailsea pushing forward, Ashton counter attacked to score their second goal when a ricochet found the back of the Nailsea net.

This was the first defeat for Nailsea in nine games. However, they have an immediate chance to avenge this result when Ashton & Backwell 
are the visitors to The Grove on 
Saturday in the third round of the Somerset Senior Cup (1.45pm kick-off).

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