Nailsea knocked out of the cup

PUBLISHED: 14:36 21 November 2012




Nailsea United lost 4-3 to Stockwood Green in an exciting Somerset Senior Cup encounter.

Stockwood Green 4

Nailsea United 3

FOLLOWING two postponements, Nailsea United finally played this Somerset Senior Cup tie away to south Bristol side Stockwood Green, but were beaten in a seven-goal thriller.

The home side took the lead after 22 minutes following good work down the right. On the half-hour mark, good possession football by Nailsea saw skipper James Springett shoot just wide. The equaliser came six minutes later when Stuart Lee was sent away to cross perfectly for Matt Long to score with a header.

Nailsea got away to the worst possible start to the second half as the ball was given away allowing Stockwood to take the lead in the first minute. Nailsea fought back with Ellis Wilmot heading wide from a Josh Benjamin cross. In the next attack, Benjamin was injured with Sam Long taking his place on the left flank.

Stockwood scored goal number three 15 minutes into the second half when a cross cum shot found its way into the far corner of the Nailsea goal. United dug deep and were rewarded when Chris Lawrence tripped inside the area. Matt Long comfortably converted the ensuing penalty to bring the score to 3-2.

Nailsea fell further behind on 74 minutes following a Stockwood corner which was bundled over the line to give the home side a two goal lead.

With 10 minutes remaining, the final throw of the dice saw Ryan King replacing Steve Lester with United changing to having just three defenders at the back. Stockwood were always a threat with Mark Kendall having to be alert to palm a goal bound shot over the bar on 86 minutes.

With two minutes of normal time remaining, Nailsea were thrown a lifeline when centre back James Taylor headed home from an Ellis Wilmot corner. However, United could not find that elusive equaliser with Stuart Lee coming the closest in added time.

On Saturday, United compete in the next round of the League Knockout Cup when they travel to first division Frome Collegians (2pm).

Having lost interest in the senior cup competition as holders, they will wish to keep their cup hopes alive with a win against the Frome students.

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