United hang on to record narrow victory

PUBLISHED: 15:01 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 15:01 16 February 2011




NAILSEA United played hosts to Minehead looking to complete the double over the former Toolstation League side.

NAILSEA United played hosts to Minehead looking to complete the double over the former Toolstation League side.

It was the visitors that had the better of the opening exchanges with two strikes that both went wide of the home goal. Nailsea had to wait until the 15th minute to test the Minehead keeper when James Springett saw his shot saved following good work by Sam Long.

After 25 minutes United took the lead when Ben Cook brought the ball out of defence to slip a pass to Springett, who fed Ryan King. He then found Jim Lee with a first time pass who in turn found Cook, who kept his cool to beat the keeper.

Nailsea then began to assert themselves, on 30 minutes a goal kick from Luke Davies was headed on by Stuart Lee to Jim Lee, who in turn found Sam Long who fired just over the bar, followed soon after by a powerful shot from Stuart Lee.

Matt Long came close to doubling the lead when his free kick hit the crossbar.

The home side started brightly and could have doubled their lead when a good ball from Mark Wallington to Jim Lee who set up Stuart Lee. It was Lee again who could not convert a pass from Ryan King following a good move down the right.

With 20 minutes to go, Matt Long was replaced by Ben Ricketts in midfield. For the remainder of the half Nailsea were second best to a increasingly confident Minehead side.

The nearest the visitors came to scoring was a shot that hit the post with five minutes to go. Nailsea were relieved to hear the final whistle to gain three points.

On Saturday, Nailsea travel to CTK Southside in the third round of the Somerset Senior Cup.

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