Nailsea & Tickenham gain all three points at home to Shirehampton

PUBLISHED: 17:50 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 27 February 2018

Jason Mellor.

Jason Mellor.

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Nailsea & Tickenham picked up all three points against Shirehampton in a competitive league match.

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Shirehampton 1

Nailsea & Tickenham hosted Shirehampton in a competitive Somerset County Premier League clash at Fryth Way.

The hosts welcomed new signing Liam Knight into the starting line-up as well as Dom Graffaginino back into the midfield.

A hard-fought first-half hour saw Shirehampton come close on a couple of occasions with the advantage of a strong wind behind them, Jason Mellor saving well on two occasions, one from the prolific Scott Bamford.

Youngster Brad Cogan came close with a committed header but saw his effort go just wide of the Shire goal. N&T took the lead as Aaron Latta’s chipped free kick was flicked on by Dan Paterson to debutant Knight, the former Clevedon Town striker chested away from the last defender and placed a half-volley into the top corner.

Shirehampton started well in the second half and always looked dangerous going forward. The defensive line of Gale, Wallington and Paterson had to remain alert to protect Mellor’s goal.

Mellor made an excellent save as Bamford attempted to dribble past the last defender, the keeper timing his dive onto the ball in what looked certain to be a goal.

Shirehampton fought their way back into the game via a superb direct free kick from the edge of the box to make it 1-1.

Swags manager Alan Smith went for the win, bringing on two more strikers, Joe Berry and Matt Pilgrim. After a final 20-minute period of pressure, N&T were given the chance to win the match as Berry was fouled inside the box and Gary Freeman made no mistake from the spot.

Overall, a great three points for Nailsea & Tickenham against another of the top sides of the division. On Saturday, N&T have a quarter-final cup tie at home to Weston St Johns.

The India Cottage man of the match was Jason Mellor.

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