Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves enjoy away success

PUBLISHED: 10:39 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 14 March 2018

Joe Berry.

Joe Berry.

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Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves returned home from Burnham United with all three points.

Burnham Utd 1

Nailsea & Tickenham Res 3

After a few weeks of cancelled fixtures, Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves took to the field again to play Burnham United.

The honours were even in the early season reverse fixture so N&T knew they would be in for a difficult afternoon.

The first 20 minutes were even, Burnham looking the most attacking side, N&T playing into the wind and struggling to clear their lines at times.

Charlie Gates was commanding at the back and cut out any through balls. Joe Berry had a great chance to open the scoring when clear through on goal, but he could only find the side netting.

Strike partner Jimmy Potts had an equally good chance as he also was put through on goal, this time he smashed it straight at the Burnham keeper.

Finally and somewhat against the general run of play, N&T took the lead just before half-time as Berry this time rounded the keeper and found the net.

Burnham pushed N&T back in the second half, the back four standing strong. The visitors looking dangerous on the counter attack, broke away and Ben Cook was fouled.

The aftermath ended up with some rather unsavoury scenes as both teams were involved in an altercation, resulting in a red card for a member of the Burnham management.

As the game settled down again, Burnham equalised with a stunning long-range strike from Joe Selway to give hope of a turnaround for the home team.

N&T battled on and changes were made as Mitchell Player and Adam Barnard offered fresh legs on a now heavy pitch. Berry restored the lead as he calmly finished a good move, assisted by strike partner Potts.

Burnham were then reduced to 10 men after another foul, this time on Scott Pilgrim. N&T now with the extra man advantage looked confident and Berry grabbed his hat-trick to make it 1-3. Further good chances fell to Dan Cook and Player but N&T will be pleased to pick up a hard-fought three points to push them up the table.

S&R Burchills man of the match was Joe Berry.

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