Purnell hits another winner
PUBLISHED: 15:01 20 April 2011
Nailsea Town keep up the pressure on league leaders.
Nailsea Town 1
Frome Collegians 0
NAILSEA Town played their fourth Errea Somerset County League Division 1 game in eight days and came away with another excellent result, thanks to hard work and great team spirit.
Nailsea started brightly and launched several dangerous attacks against their promotion rivals, who had clearly not just come to take a point.
Mike Purnell scored another great goal in the 10th minute after excellent work by the tireless Chris Gregory had left the Frome defence all at sea. Frome got back into the game, but found the Nailsea defence superbly marshalled by Chris Geeson.
Jamie Mellor was also having another good game and his skill was testing the Frome defence. Just before half-time, Frome had a spell of possession, but Kevin Freeman the home keeper, made a couple of good stops to snuff out the threat.
The second half was much the same, except that Town began to dominate after the mid point of the half with Matt Fisher in particular passing the ball well.
Justin Clarke was causing the Frome defence all sorts of problems with his tireless running and trickery on the ball. Both he and Mellor were replaced by Campbell Bannerman and Scott Pilgrim.
Jon Mark then came on for the excellent Chris Gregory and his experience and passing ability in midfield ensured that Town took all three points, which consolidated their third place in the league table.
Player of the match was Justin Clarke. Town’s next fixture is a home game on Easter Saturday at Fryth Way against Bishop Sutton, kick-off 3pm.
Nailsea Town 0 Weston St Johns 0
THIS was a really nervy top of the table clash, reflected by the full time scoreline.
Both sides defended stoutly and most of the action was centred in midfield for the entire game.
Near the end of the match, as legs tired, both sides had chances to win the game, with the best one falling to Mike Purnell, who saw his shot well saved by the Weston keeper.
Nailsea Town 1 Street Res 0
THIS was a good performance by Town, back to their dominant best against a dangerous team looking to escape relegation.
The game was settled midway though the first half by another well-taken goal from Mike Purnell, his 19th in 26 games after good work from Scott Pilgrim.
Town also hit the crossbar and a post as they launched attack after attack. Kevin Freeman kept goal really well, his brother Gary and the skipper Chris Geeson were outstanding at the back.
Whilst in midfield Chris Gregory and Dan Cook worked tirelessly to move the ball onto the forwards, notably Jamie Mellor who was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.
Player of the match was Geeson, who was back to his commanding best at centre-half.
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