Town move up to second place
PUBLISHED: 15:12 27 April 2011
Nailsea Town recorded two wins in the last week to move up to second place in the Somerset County League.
Nailsea Town 2 Bishop Sutton Res 1
NAILSEA Town moved up to second in the Somerset County League after a less than convincing win against a young talented Sutton side.
All the goals came in the first half, Town again scoring an early goal with the predatory Mike Purnell netting after a defence splitting pass from Chris Gregory.
Injuries also started to take their toll following seven games in the previous 22 days with both John Mark and Dan Cook having to be replaced in the first half after suffering hamstring injuries.
It was during this period though that Purnell increased the lead with another well-taken goal following good work from Matt Fisher.
However, Bishop Sutton pulled one back almost straightaway and continued to give the Town defence a lot of trouble.
Half time arrived and the heat increased so that both sides were forced into making changes as players flagged. Bishop Sutton remained a dangerous side and yet again the Town defence was under a lot of pressure.
Sam Oatway was unlucky not to score for Town though after fine work from Purnell, as was Campbell Bannerman again after good work from Purnell.
With everyone tiring due to the heat, it was to the relief of all when the referee blew his whistle leaving Town narrow winners in a match that could well have gone against them.
This coming week, Town play Nailsea United Reserves twice on Tuesday and Thursday and their last match at home is on Saturday at Fryth Way.
Burnham United 1 Nailsea Town 3
TOWN travelled to Burnham and came away with a well earned three points after a battling performance.
Town had the ball in the net early on courtesy of Gary Freeman, but the goal was disallowed. Then Freeman played an excellent pass for Mike Purnell to go though and open the scoring.
Back came the home side, but Town held firm with Kevin Freeman in the away goal making some excellent saves.
The second Town goal came from a good kick from Kevin Freeman which put Purnell away and he unselfishly squared the ball for Justin Clarke to score.
After the break, Town gave away a penalty which was converted by the home side. Town carried on playing good football with Chris Gregory, Matt Fisher and Ryan Cook all featuring prominently.
The third goal came for Town after Fisher was fouled in the box and Purnell converted the resulting penalty.