James hits the winner
PUBLISHED: 14:31 09 November 2011
Nailsea United edge through to the next round of the Somerset Senior Cup.
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NAILSEA United hosted Division 1 side Saltford in the second round of the Somerset Senior Cup.
The initial 10 minutes were even with Harry Hope having the first scoring opportunity that saw him finish with a shot parried by the keeper, Matt Long following up could not keep the ball on target.
Nailsea began to have the better chances with a good move on 23 minutes seeing Darren Bloomfield shoot over from close range. Ten minutes later Matt Long volleyed over the bar.
Against the run of play, Saltford took the lead five minutes before the break taking advantage of a square Nailsea defence. This reverse saw the home side go up a gear to equalise minutes later from a well-taken free kick by Matt Long which was guided in by Stuart Lee.
On the stroke of half-time, Nailsea took the lead following a corner by Matt Long. The ball was played back to Long who fed a clever ball across the goalmouth where Stuart Lee scored his second goal from close range.
The second half saw the visitors taking the game to their Premier League opponents to equalise on 55 minutes with a header from a corner. Ten minutes later, a well-flighted free kick by Mike Wallington was met at the back post by James Taylor, who beat the keeper.
The United management then used their substitutes with Harry Hope being replaced by Jake Burgess and a few minutes later Matt Vickers replaced Mike Wallington. The final change was made on 75 minutes when young Alex Paul replaced Darren Bloomfield.
Saltford continued to play above their league position but could not breach the United defence for whom Rob Brown was impressive on his return to first team duty after injury.
The final chance fell to Alex Paul, who was cleverly fed by Stuart Lee only to see his shot go wide.
On Saturday, there is a mouth-watering clash with unbeaten Bristol side Cutters Friday in a rearranged game at The Grove, kick off 2.30pm.
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