United fall just short at home
PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 18 February 2015
Nailsea United could not find an equaliser as they went down at home to Bishops Lydeard.
Nailsea United 2
Bishops Lydeard 3
UNITED hosted Bishops Lydeard, who were one place ahead of the home side prior to kick off.
Nailsea took the lead within three minutes when Adam Bell floated in an accurate free kick onto the head of Stuart Lee just beyond the far post. In text book style, Lee headed the ball across the goal to see the ball loop over the Bishops keeper to nestle into the back of the net.
The home side continued to press with James Colman heading over a Bell corner, while Mike Dorrington, Lee and Bell combined well with the latter volleying just over the bar.
The visitors began to gain more possession and could have equalised on the half hour mark when sloppy play by the Nailsea defence allowed a visiting player the chance to shoot, but could only hit the side netting from a good position.
This was only a short respite as Bishops scored the equaliser on 41 minutes. Nailsea keeper Jack Smith cleared the ball straight into a Bishops forward to see the rebound go over the goal line. Worse was to follow when Bishops were awarded a penalty. No mistake was made from the spot as the visitors took the lead.
United had it all to do in the second half, but started in fine style with Mark Iles volleying over within two minutes of the restart. Bishops made the deficit two goals in the 52nd minute when the home defence failed to clear a cross ball allowing the visitors to score goal number three.
Nailsea replied just a minute later when Lee was fouled in the box. Lee himself took the kick to blast the ball into the back of the net to reduce the deficit.
With 30 minutes remaining, central defender James Colman was forced to leave the field with an injury to be replaced by Josh Benjamin. As United strived for the equaliser, Matt Long replaced Mike Dorrington to add fresh legs to the attack and he was unlucky to see his powerful shot go straight into the keeper’s arms.
With 10 minutes remaining, a deep free kick by Rob Brown beyond the far post was headed back into the middle by Bell to Lee, but again the shot was straight at the keeper. In the final minute midfielder James Springett tested the keeper, forcing him to push a dipping effort over the bar.
On Saturday, United travel to Frome Collegians who last Saturday completed the double over runaway leaders Shirehampton. This obviously will be a stern test for United, who hopefully will be able to field striker Jim Lee as he returns from injury.
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