Football: Nailsea & Tickenham strike late at Stockwood

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 September 2019

Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves' Matt Cotton receives his Sawyers Arms man of the match award

Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves' Matt Cotton receives his Sawyers Arms man of the match award

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Depleted Nailsea & Tickenham took the points from a late 1-0 win at Stockwood Wanderers on Saturday.

Louie Millard impressed on his debut for the home side, but the Swags had the first few chances of the game.

Luke Osgood had a header cleared off the line and Mat Pilgrim lobbed just wide, as Stockwood struggled to make an impact at the other end.

Luke Patten almost marked his return from injury with a goal on the stroke of half time after being put through by Dave O'Reilly but shot wide as it remained goalless.

Warren Sarjanstonwhich headed over from a Stockwood corner on the hour, but N&T went close on 70 minutes as O'Reilly's long throw was headed wide by Gary Freeman.

Debutant Lewis Neal had a shot saved by Rich Guest from another long throw, before the Swags won it five minutes from time.

India Cottage man of the match Pilgrim rounded Guest only to see his goalbound effort cleared off the line, but Neal's corner was met by a bullet header from Osgood, which gave the keeper no chance.

Injury-hit N&T Reserves had to settle for a point from a 1-1 home draw with Minehead at Fryth Way.

The back four were rarely tested, while Matt Cotton produced a scorching volley at the other end as the first half scoreline stayed blank.

Minehead opened the scoring on the hour, against the run of play, with a free-kick into the top corner.

But N&T rallied well and Steadman fed Dunn to lash a shot into the roof of the net to level.

Both sides had players sent off for two bookable offences, with Minehead wasting a late chance to win it.

Cotton took the Sawyers Arms man of the match award for N&T.

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