United gain ground

PUBLISHED: 14:44 16 March 2011

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NAILSEA travelled to Bishops Lydeard seeking to secure full points to keep the pressure on the teams at the top of the table.

NAILSEA travelled to Bishops Lydeard seeking to secure full points to keep the pressure on the teams at the top of the table.

Manager Mark Savage decided to change the starting format with Stuart Lee playing as strike partner to brother Jim, with Mike Wallington being given a starting place in defence.

The first half remained goal-less, despite chances for Matt Long, Stuart Lee and Ryan King. At the back, Russ Driver was having an outstanding game.

Ten minutes into the second half James Taylor was replaced by Mark Wallington as Nailsea continued to press forward. Matt Vickers sent Stuart Lee away on the left but his powerful shot was well saved by the Bishops keeper. King then saw his shot go just wide of the post.

Further Nailsea pressure finally paid off with 10 minutes remaining when Stuart Lee showed good strength to hold off his marker to beat the keeper.

Almost immediately the visitors should have doubled their lead when slick football saw Stuart Lee’s cross strike the heel of the only 
Bishops defender and deflect to safety.

Nailsea showed signs of returning to their passing game and with the top three teams all dropping points, this win could be vitally important at the end of the season.

On Saturday, United play Frome Collegians at the Grove in the quarter-finals of the Somerset Senior Cup with kick off at 2.30pm.


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