Nailsea bounce back from derby defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:55 31 December 2018

Nailsea United lost to Nailsea & Tickenham the week before. Picture: Mark Atherton

Nailsea United lost to Nailsea & Tickenham the week before. Picture: Mark Atherton

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Both Nailsea United and Stockwood Wanderers needed the points to climb the table after an indifferent first half of the season, but it was Nailsea who took the spoils after a 3-1 win.

But on the quarter of an hour mark it was Stockwood who took the lead when Louis Parham was caught in two minds in clearing the ball allowing the visitors’ forward to score all too easily.

MORE: Nailsea & Tickenham win local derby over United.

Nailsea responded with a good move down the right with Matt Day pulling the ball back to Sam Olsen who went for placement and not power giving the keeper the chance to push the ball around post to safety.

In the final minute of the first half Olsen had a half chance following a corner from the right but again the shot was wayward.

As the second half began it was clear the next goal would be the most important.

United took the game to Stockwood at the beginning of the second half but in the 65th minute Stockwood could have doubled their lead with Nailsea indebted to Jack Smith saving low in a one-on-one.

With 20 minutes remaining the Nailsea pressure finally told with substitute Jamie Whitfield winning the ball just inside the Stockwood half before finding Ben Barrett on the right, his cross went just beyond the far post where Matt Day showed his strength to create a shooting opportunity and then fire home on the angle for the equaliser.

Nailsea were now looking the stronger side as they sought to take the lead for the first time. This they duly did with five minutes remaining when following a free kick the ball was played wide to Will Symonds whose low cross from the left was nodded home by Olsen.

The icing on the cake came with just two minutes left of normal time when a free kick was only cleared to Whitfield who drove the ball along the ground for Olsen to apply the deftest of touches to wrong foot the keeper.

On Saturday United visit Wrington Redhill.

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