Nailsea fall to defeat at Stockwood
PUBLISHED: 15:05 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:05 15 February 2017
Nailsea United slipped to their seventh one-goal defeat out of eight against Stockwood Wanderers.
Stockwood Wanderers 1
Nailsea United 0
Nailsea United travelled to South Bristol to play Stockwood Wanderers, a side they have played twice this season, resulting in a fine away cup win and a slender defeat at home in the league.
It was Nailsea that had the first strike on goal with a Liam Lester free kick picking out Matt Long, but his volley was gathered by the home keeper. On eight minutes, Adam Bell fired at goal, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
The remainder of the first-half saw Stockwood in control, but the Nailsea defended stoutly until the last few minutes, when keeper Jack Smith was the winner in a one-on-one situation, this was repeated a minute later as once again Smith saved from point blank range.
However, just as both teams were looking to go back to the warmth of the dressing rooms, a free kick to Stockwood resulted in the referee pointing to the spot and the resulting penalty was converted to see the home side go into the break.
Nailsea started the second half in a more positive mood, but were unable to unlock the home defence.
With a quarter of an hour remaining, United made a further change with Matt Long giving way to Ben Pinkney. Almost immediately Smith had to be alert to push over a well struck Stockwood free kick to keep the goal difference to one.
The final Nailsea change saw Jamie Budd replacing Ross Probert as they sought the equaliser. The last minute saw United with a half chance, following good work by Bell who found James Springett, but his shot sailed over the bar.
Out of the eight league defeats, seven have been as yesterday, by a one-goal margin. With a predominately young side and with more games under their belt, United will be able to turn these slender defeats into points gaining matches.
On Saturday, United are on the road again, this time to Shirehampton. Kick-off 2.30pm. On the same day, the A team host Draycott at The Grove (2.30pm).
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