Nailsea Ladies move up to second position

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:00 07 October 2015

Nailsea Ladies hold second spot in the table after beating Jaspers 2-1 at home.

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 2

Jaspers Ladies 2nd XI 1

Although Nailsea had many shots on goal during the first-half, none of their attempts went in as the Jaspers goalie proved very good at defending the direct shot.

However, it was Jaspers who were first to score, with Nailsea struggling to pick up and mark all of the attackers.

After the break, Nailsea went back to basics with short, sharp passing and some good runs from Helen Harrington and Jo Marshall.

The first Nailsea goal came from an aerial ball sent in by Zoe Buck from the side line, which Cath Hole picked up smoothly and slipped through the keeper’s legs.

Their second goal came soon after with a great run by Marshall, threading the ball to Harrington, who quickly offloaded it to Hole, who converted with ease.

Marshall deservedly won player of the match for her great runs and interceptions and Nailsea were unlucky not to add to the score from great crosses from both sides.

All the girls played well throughout the match and their gutsy determination enabled them to bring the match back.

This Nailsea 2-1 win builds on their strong start to the season, and now places them second in the table.

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 4

Redland UWE 3rd XI 2

Nailsea were at an initial advantage, having a keeper, with Jess Cogan playing for the first time since being in the junior side.

Hannah Clark was a rock in the centre back position, always finding space to pass through Sarah Edwards and Harriet Green to Ali Hill up front.

Hill took up residence on the left post and after a couple of straight strikes, she netted to put Nailsea one up.

Nailsea were calm on the ball, the first-half was exhausting, not least when losing a player for a stick tackle. Chloe Turners’ excellent 16-yard hits managed to always find their recipient and she was tireless in her ability to track back to defend.

Unfortunately for Nailsea, Redland equalised with a breakaway goal. However, Hill scored a second goal through good work by Tash Turner and Harriet Rowney.

Sarah Page used her space to great effect and Hill made it three before half-time. Jasmine Wood defended well after the break and Hill netted again to make it 4-1, but

fatigue took over and Redland stole a second goal with five minutes to go.

Nailsea Under-12s played with effort, determination and great team spirit in this their first festival at this level.

They were grateful to Ben Warren, Niamh Brodrick, Johnny King and Kieran Jelliss for stepping up a level to support them. Also praise to Josh Hobbs and Joe Palmer in their debut matches.

James Warren and Joe worked hard up front and both were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Ben and Johnny were lively in support, while Katie Henderson, Katie King and Niamh kept trying to use the wide spaces.

Newcomer Josh played with confidence and was solid in midfield. Kieran had an excellent game at the back, battling well and saving off the goal line at times. However, special mention must go to Jakob Hole, who volunteered to play in goal and produced an outstanding performance, keeping Nailsea within touch in each of the games.

Although Nailsea came away without success as such, they can be very proud of this performance, their teamwork, adaptability and in the main their team spirit was admirable.

Thanks also for the support from parents, umpire Jen Roach and other senior club members.

Scores: Nailsea 0, Weston 0; Nailsea 0, Yate B 2; Nailsea 0, Clifton Robinsons 1; Nailsea 0, Bristol & West 3.

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