Honours even as Worle hold high-flying Premier Division rivals Nailsea & Tickenham
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 January 2019
Honours finished even in the Somerset County League Premier Division clash between Worle and leaders Nailsea & Tickenham after a 2-2 draw at the Recreation Ground.
The visitors arrived on a six-game winning streak, while Worle were unbeaten in their last four outings and had beaten Watchet Town a week earlier.
The home side welcomed Louis Ashley in their squad, but saw Nailsea & Tickenham take the lead after five minutes when a ball over the top of the defence found Matt Pilgrim, who lobbed the onrushing Hodrien to score.
Worle then proceeded to take the game to their rivals and had the majority of the possession, with good work from the wings and crosses from Jack Hodrien and an even better delivery from Chris Taylor, who picked out Marcus Walters six yards out but he mistimed his volley.
The equaliser came from the impressive Ryan Downs, who was a constant thorn in the side of Nailsea, as he beat his defender and slotted inside the near post.
Worle were always looking dangerous, knowing Nailsea had the firepower up front, and it was top scorer Chris Taylor who put the hosts into a half-time lead when his strength allowed him to hold off the defenders and beat Boon in the visiting goal.
They looked good for their lead but it was the away team who came out of the blocks stronger after the restart and have the majority of the game in the second half.
Mitch Brooks looked dangerous out wide for Nailsea, but Worle could have gone further in front when Downs held off his markers in the 18-yard box and found the ball at his feet, but with his back to goal he swivelled and got his shot away but it went agonisingly inches wide.
It was from a set-piece that Nailsea equalised when Mitch Brooks took charge of a free-kick 20 yards from goal and curled it into the corner of the Worle net.
Ryan Hodrien made a couple of vital saves during the second period for Worle to take the man of the match award from sponsors Duncan’s Barbershop Worle High Street.
This Saturday sees Middlezoy as the visitors, sitting one place behind Worle in seventh place, with kick-off at 2pm and the clubhouse open from midday.