Intriguing goal-less draw for Nailsea boys

PUBLISHED: 15:13 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:13 25 February 2015

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Nailsea United Under-11s were held to a goal-less draw aganist Swiss Valley Rangers.

AFTER another period of league inactivity, Nailsea United Under-11s knew this would be a tough game against Swiss Valley Rangers.

It was Nailsea who started much the stronger with Elliott Moore causing problems down the left flank and the strong running of Jacob Hole causing the Swiss defence a headache and it was Moore who bought the first of a series of saves from the impressive Swiss keeper.

Nailsea’s midfield of Thomas Kemble and Charlie Parsons started to pull the strings and were now releasing Seb Allen, but Nailsea could not produce the final ball. Swiss did break away from a Nailsea corner, but Joe Freear in the Nailsea goal was equal.

With the introduction of Freddie King, Nailsea created three chances for the hard-working James Warren, Allen and King, but the Swiss keeper made outstanding stops to foil the trio.

Nailsea defenders Joe Eyles, Harry Watters, Oliver Brown and Craig Bessant did not give the Swiss attackers a clear shot on goal in the second half and so points were shared in this absorbing game.

Athletic Under-11s were defeated 4-2 by Milton Nomads in an enthralling encounter.

Right from the outset, Nailsea dominated possession and this set the pattern for much of the game, with excellent work from Charlie Sell, Michael Vickers and Lewis Thatcher.

Their passing was quick, accurate and often incisive, producing numerous promising moments for Tijane Diallo, Vickers and Luke Jordan up front.

With all of this early Nailsea pressure, it was almost inevitable that Milton would draw first blood. A stray crossfield pass left Jonny Westbrook-Smith stranded in the centre as Milton pounced to score the first goal.

Nailsea continued to press forward and both Ben Hanley and Ollie Kite were overlapping well and supporting Vickers and Thatcher on the flanks. The second goal came when Nailsea were dispossessed and Milton again made it count.

However, Diallo beat the full-back and whipped in a great cross that was thumped home by Thatcher and two minutes later the scores were level when Luke Jordan netted.

However, Nailsea gave away a penalty which was slammed home, giving Luis Bohin in goal no chance. Nailsea almost equalised when Coates’ shot hit the post.

The second half followed the same pattern, with neat one-twos between Harvey Coates and Charlie Sell being particularly pleasing on the eye. Diallo, Edward Lush and Thatcher all found themselves in good positions, but couldn’t quite find the final touch.

Midway through the half Milton scored again to make it 4-2. Coates was denied again by a fine save as the game came to a close.

A THIRD successive scoreless draw for Swiss Valley Rangers Under-11s was anything but a dull match.

Nailsea started strongly and put Rangers under pressure with successive attacks which were repelled by the outstanding Joe Dyas and Myles Gibson in the Rangers defence.

As the match progressed, Rangers came back into the match and nearly took the lead following a break by Jack Jenkins. Matthew Lane, in the middle of the Rangers midfield, battled furiously and was ably supported by Sam Pouncey, Zac Loveridge, Johny Perry, Dylan Forbes and Josh Callaghan.

Jenkins continued to battle up front for Rangers and although a large part of the game was played in midfield, Nailsea created some goal scoring chances towards the end of the game.

The magnificent Matty Gregory in goal ensured a clean sheet for Rangers with some fine saves and strong performances from Azizjon Hudoyberdiev and Oliver Henley ensured a well-earned point for the visitors

TRAINING has now started for a new girls’ team at Swiss Valley Rangers to commence playing next season at the Under-14s age group (school years 8 and 9 from September 2015 ).

If you are interested in playing girls’ football (both this age group and all ages), come along to training every Thursday between 7-8pm, on the astro at Clevedon School.


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