Iles brace seals victory for United in Nailsea derby

PUBLISHED: 15:30 25 March 2015

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Two goals from Mark Iles gave Nailsea United victory in the local derby against Nailsea Town.

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NAILSEA United made the short journey to Fryth Way to play Nailsea Town in this local derby.

The opening minutes brought no goalmouth action and it was not until eight minutes had elapsed that either keeper was called into action. It was United striker Jim Lee who tested the home keeper with a shot that brought a diving save and soon after Town’s Ryan King went close with a free kick.

Further chances fell to Matt Long, before United took the lead when Stuart Lee crossed for Mark Iles to head home for the only goal of the half.

There was still everything to play for as the second half kicked off. Within minutes a snapshot by United forward Jim Lee was directed straight into the arms of the grateful Town keeper.

Town were now beginning to win more of the ball which enabled them to draw level in the 52nd minute. A goal kick by United keeper Jack Smith was headed back towards the visitor’s goal where it was latched onto by the speedy Town number nine, who outstripped the United defence to net the equaliser.

Smith kept the visitors in the game with two fine saves and in the final 10 minutes, United began to pull the strings and with just three minutes remaining, Aaron Latta’s corner was hooked home by Iles for the winning goal.

As sometimes can happen when a local derby is contested, the quality of football is not of the highest standard as both sides fight for bragging rights over their opponents. This was certainly the case in this match as a hard pitch and bouncy ball made sure that this was not a match for the purist.

Meanwhile at The Grove, the two reserves side were contesting their own local derby which saw United Reserves beat Town Reserves 3-1, giving United a clean sweep.

On Saturday, United are at home to Berrow, kick-off. 3pm.

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