Nailsea give league leaders a fright

PUBLISHED: 14:44 09 March 2011

NAILSEA travelled to table-topping Cheddar trying to extend their unbeaten run that has taken them into the race for league honours.

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NAILSEA travelled to table-topping Cheddar trying to extend their unbeaten run that has taken them into the race for league honours.

It was the home side that were quicker out of the blocks with Nailsea keeper Luke Davies soon in action. With five minutes gone, a Cheddar corner was headed home from the back post to give the hosts the lead.

Nailsea then began to settle with Matt Long shooting just wide and a Jim Lee shot beating the home keeper, but was cleared off of the line. Almost immediately James Taylor headed against the cross bar.

Just before the break, a Cheddar corner was not cleared and they scored with a well struck shot. The last piece of action before the break saw Jim Lee put Sam Long through on goal. His shot rebounded from the keeper’s body, with Long unable to control the rebound.

After the break, Nailsea started to win the midfield battle with Matt Long and Stuart Lee setting up the front men. This pressure paid off on 55 minutes when a Matt Long free kick fell to Jim Lee, who prodded the ball over the line to reduce the deficit.

After 65 minutes Ryan King was substituted by Ellis Wilmot, allowing the speedy Stuart Lee to push forward to partner brother Jim. Nailsea pressure saw shots from James Springett and Long go just wide.

Following a head injury, Springett was replaced by Mike Wallington with 10 minutes remaining. Cheddar were now reduced to rare breakaways that were dealt with easily by the Nailsea defence.

The new midfield of Matt Long and Ellis Wilmot continued to probe the Cheddar defence with the last real half chance falling to Stuart Lee. The final whistle came to the relief of the Cheddar side, who had been playing 
second fiddle to Nailsea the most of the second half.


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