Nailsea & Tickenham finish on top in seven-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:00 05 December 2018

Football

Football

Matt Smart

Nailsea & Tickenham finished on top in a seven-goal thriller against second-placed Shirehampton.

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A seven-goal thriller at Fryth Way unfolded as the Swags entertained second-placed Shirehampton.

A special mention goes to the groundsman, Jim Sage, and all good groundsman locally who worked tirelessly to get the games on.

N&T could have taken the lead in the first minute, a Dave O’Reilly overhead kick hit the post, the rebound blocked on the line and the third attempt blasted over the bar by Jack Towill.

On 10 minutes Shire took the lead. George Brimson’s long-range effort was parried by George Shanks-Boon, but the ball fell to prolific striker Bamford, who made no mistake.

Luke Osgood almost drew level but his shot crept the wrong side of the post. Shire doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. A route one clearance from the Shire keeper was misjudged and Bamford was on hand to head over the advancing keeper.

Danny Mourne increased Shires lead crashing the ball home from 10 yards. The game changed when Osgood’s header squirmed through Mark Winkler’s hands and appeared to cross the line. The referee was unable to award the goal and with no help from the Shire assistant, waved play on.

This sparked the Swags into action. Jack Towill sidefooting home on 73 minutes and three minutes later, O’Reilly smashed the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Gary Freeman equalised with a close-range header after Chris Gale headed a corner back across goal. With minutes to go, Joe Berry crossed the ball to Osgood who bundled the ball over the line.

India Cottage man of the match was Ollie Carter.

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