Injury-time goal denies Nailsea United all three points
PUBLISHED: 11:11 31 October 2018
A goal five minutes into added time denied Nailsea United victory at home to Middlezoy Rovers.
Nailsea United 2
Middlezoy Rovers 2
Middlezoy Rovers were the visitors to The Grove with the pitch in great condition, but the elements conspired against both sides with heavy rain and wind, the points were shared.
The visitors immediately took the game to Nailsea looking for an early goal but the home side weathered the storm to begin to put their passes together.
With half-an-hour gone Nailsea were awarded a free kick, James Springett took responsibility sending the ball into the Middlezoy goal area where it fell to Sam Olsen, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net to give his side the lead. The Nailsea defence were coping well with the opposing forward line but were lucky to see a golden chance to a Middlezoy player being headed over the bar with five minutes of the half remaining.
Just three minutes into the second half United were dealt a blow when influential midfield player Springett was forced to leave the field through injury to be replaced by Matt Thomas.
The visitors were using the conditions to their advantage forcing Nailsea keeper Jack Smith to turn a free kick around the post for a corner. Relief was shortlived for the home side as the corner was not cleared allowing Middlezoy to equalise.
However, three minutes later Nailsea put together a neat bout of passing with the ball eventually being fed to the left where Ben Pratt shot past the keeper to restore the advantage to Nailsea.
With 20 minutes remaining Joe Sharps sent in a snap shot which the keeper gathered. The United goal was leading a charmed life with a goalmouth scramble which looked to see the equaliser was somehow cleared to safety. It was in the fifth minute of added time that Middlezoy finally breeched the Nailsea defence with a shot beating Smith to nestle in the back of the Nailsea net.
This was an entertaining game in spite of the conditions with a draw probably the correct result although when you concede with only seconds remaining it actually feels like a defeat.
On Saturday, United travel to basement side Odd Down Reserves. Kick-off 2.30pm.
At The Grove, the Reserves entertain Somerton Town Reserves (2.30pm). Other games at The Grove see the A team host Axbridge Town a cup game (2.15pm) with the B side playing Wrington Redhill Reserves (2.30pm).