United keep up the pressure

PUBLISHED: 15:04 06 April 2011

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NAILSEA United entertained Bristol club Cutters Friday in a clash which would see the winners rejoin the top four clubs in the hunt for league honours.

NAILSEA United entertained Bristol club Cutters Friday in a clash which would see the winners rejoin the top four clubs in the hunt for league honours.

United immediately took the game to Cutters with Stuart Lee firing over the bar, Matt Vickers going close with a header and a Ryan King free kick saved at full stretch by the Cutters keeper.

Cutters Friday were restricted to breakaways which were dealt with competently by keeper Luke Davies and his back four. The United pressure finally paid off on the half hour when King’s cross fell to Vickers to volley home.

After the break, the visitors equalised 10 minutes into the second half when a high looping ball was headed in beyond the grasp of Luke Davies.

With 25 minutes to go Nailsea introduced new blood with James Lee and Matt Long replacing Stuart Lee and Matt Vickers. United were then indebted to Luke Davies who saved well from a Cutters attack.

Both sides were now striving for the next goal which fell to Nailsea when Long and Jim Lee combined with Lee finding the net to give Nailsea a 2-1 lead. With 10 minutes remaining, a short corner by Sam Long was played to Ellis Willmot who slammed the ball into the net from 25.

Cutters scored their second with a shot from the edge of the area and with time running out, a Cutters forward blazed over the bar with only Davies to beat.

Special mention should be made of the midfield performance of James Springett and Ellis Wilmot. On Saturday, Nailsea visit Mangotsfield United Reserves as they continue to keep the pressure on the league front runners.

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