Nailsea United well beaten at home

PUBLISHED: 14:46 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 21 October 2015

Nailsea United v Staplegrove.

Nailsea United v Staplegrove.

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Nailsea United were well beaten at home by newly-promoted Staplegrove.

Nailsea United 0

Staplegrove 4

Newly-promoted Staplegrove were the visitors to The Grove as Nailsea United tried to capitalise on a run of home matches to push them up the table.

United made the early running, with Chris Malone and Matt Long combining well with the latter shooting just wide, but the home side were undone in the 10th minute when a long throw-in was headed beyond Josh Dann in the home goal.

Within a minute, Nailsea were nearly on equal terms when Russ Driver’s tremendous shot hit the angle of the bar and upright with the keeper well beaten. Staplegrove then counter attacked with Josh Dann saving well at the near post.

The visitors doubled their lead just before half-time following another long throw, which was only partially cleared before being well struck into the United goal. Worse was to follow as Staplegrove scored goal number three.

The opening minutes of the second half were evenly contested with Long having his shot smothered by the visiting keeper.

Despite having more of the ball, Nailsea conceded a fourth goal on 75 minutes when a high bouncing ball caused panic in their defence, leaving a Staplegrove player the easiest of chances to roll the ball home.

For the last quarter of an hour, it was the home side that had their best moments of the game with Steve Lester twice going close, before Dann saved well in the last minute. In time added on, Lester, Long and James Springett all went close.

Nailsea will be looking for three points on Saturday at The Grove when they entertain bottom of the table Cutters Friday (3pm).


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