Town through to the next round

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 September 2012


Nailsea Town defeated Keynsham Town Reserves 2-1 to go through to the next round of the Somerset Senior Cup.

Nailsea United 2

Keynsham Town Res 1

PREMIER League Nailsea United played host to First Division Keynsham Town Reserves in the first round of the Somerset Senior Cup.

Manager Mark Savage had to reorganise his side before the game started when keeper Scott Kendall was injured in the warm-up with Rob Brown taking over.

The home side dominated the early exchanges with their passing which nearly brought the opening goal on the quarter of an hour mark for James Springett.

Further chances fell to Nailsea with Matt Long creating a chance for Jim Lee and then Lee returning the favour for Long.

The home defence was caught square allowing Keynsham to take the lead against the run of play. Nailsea tried to get back on terms before the break, the nearest they came to scoring was a scorching shot by Mike Rowcliffe.

Within four minutes of the restart, Nailsea were level courtesy of a well-struck shot on the turn by Jim Lee, following good work by Matt Long.

With a quarter of an hour of the second half gone, Harry Hope was brought down by the Keynsham keeper, but Long’s penalty was well saved.

Nailsea went looking for their second goal with Stuart Lee prominent. On 73 minutes Alex Goodwin replaced Harry Hope on the right flank. Two minutes later Ryan King took the place of Matt Long in attack.

With 10 minutes remaining, Nailsea had a stroke of luck when a mix-up in the Keynsham defence saw the ball at the feet of Alex Goodwin to run the ball into an empty net for what turned out to be the winning goal.

On Saturday, United travel to St George E-in-G. Kick-off 3pm.

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