Nailsea move up to third spot

PUBLISHED: 14:51 13 April 2011

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PLAYED under a blazing sun, this Errea Somerset County League Division 1 game between two promotion hopefuls ended up in a draw in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Nailsea Town 2 Ilminster Town 2

PLAYED under a blazing sun, this Errea Somerset County League Division 1 game between two promotion hopefuls ended up in a draw in somewhat controversial circumstances.

Town took the lead in the sixth minute when top scorer Mike Purnell finished well after a defence splitting pass from Gary Freeman.

The game gradually settled into a dour midfield battle and neither side looked like scoring until Purnell was denied by a fantastic save from the Ilminster goalie. On 35 minutes, the game changed as 
Ilminster scored following a defensive error from the Town defence.

An injury to skipper Chris Geeson meant a defensive reshuffle at the break and Town were adjusting to this when Ilminster scored again after another Town defensive blunder.

Manager Bob Gregory decided to go to all out attack and changed the formation accordingly. The sustained pressure was too much for the visitors and following an excellent Chris Gregory long throw which caused mayhem in the Ilminster defence, Paul Wright rifled home from six yards out.

Ilminster then charged up the field and following a set piece and thought they had scored only to have the goal chalked off for off side. So honours even in a match that Nailsea would have like to have won but the point gained moves them up to third in the league.

Town entertain Street Reserves tomorrow (Thurs) and on Saturday, they are at home to Frome Collegians.

Nailsea Town 1 Fry Club 0

Nailsea maintained their strong Errea Somerset County League Division 1promotion challenge with a hard worked and well deserved win over Fry’s.

In an unspectacular match given the fact that both sides have 
multiple fixtures this month due to the bad winter weather, the game was decided by a fine opportunist strike from Chris Gregory.

However, the 3 points are absolutely vital to Town as they continue in their quest for promotion in a month where they have nine matches still remaining.

On Saturday 9th, they play Ilminster Town at Fryth Way followed by games at home to Weston St Johns, Street Reserves and Frome 
Collegians on the 12th, 14th and 16th respectively.

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