Nailsea ladies on top in derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 14:26 09 March 2011

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THIS derby game was expected to be tough and physical and with Nailsea having to field several youngsters, the visitors were wary about the outcome.

North Somerset Ladies 1

Nailsea Ladies 2nds 3

THIS derby game was expected to be tough and physical and with Nailsea having to field several youngsters, the visitors were wary about the outcome.

Despite a flurry of goalmouth action, 
Nailsea were unable to beat an on-form keeper. North Somerset replied and forced a penalty corner and scored, beating a unprepared Nailsea defence.

The rest of the half consisted of midfield action which was dominated by the Nailsea trio of Gee Corner, Jo Faires and Rachel Yeo. Strong running and furious attacking forced a dozen or more penalty corners, none of which Nailsea were able to convert.

A timely substitution brought on junior Natalie Provis, who within minutes brought the scores level after wrong-footing the keeper. The rest of the half played out with Nailsea on the attack, but no further goals.

After the break, North Somerset stepped up the attack and Nailsea picked up couple of injuries. A determined effort from 
midfielders Faires and Corner brought the game back to Nailsea and with 20 minutes left to play, the player of the match, Cath Hole slammed home to put Nailsea in front for the first time.

Minutes later Faires made it three for 
Nailsea and secured their place at the top of the table. This was a well fought game by Nailsea and all credit to the juniors, Ellie Heild, Alice Keyworth, Laura Turner and Natalie Provis.

On Saturday, Nailsea are at home to third placed Clifton.


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