Nailsea on top in derby

PUBLISHED: 14:36 16 November 2011

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Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI triumph in the top of the table clash against Clevedon.

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 4

Clevedon Ladies 2nd XI 1

THIS was not only a local derby, but a top of the table clash as well.

Nailsea had a good start, taking the lead within two minutes when a super pass from Danni Douel found Jess Atkinson in a perfect position to slot home. Clevedon regained their structure and replied five minutes later with an equaliser.

The rest of the half was a battle of wills with Clevedon having the upper hand. Only solid defending, organised by Sarah Billington and keeper Jayne Craig kept Nailsea in this match with some vital saves.

Some reorganisation saw a change of fortunes for Nailsea and the spine of the side, made up of the older members, kept the young side focused. With their midfield taking command and attackers Douel and Cath Hole continually pressurised the defence into making errors.

A penalty corner on the 10 minute mark was received by Hole and slammed towards goal, the power of the shot ensured a deflection made no difference to the outcome.

Clevedon worked hard but created only a few opportunities, while Nailsea kept their foot on the pedal. Another penalty corner with a different route produced the same result, a powerful shot from the top of the D by Hole hitting the backboard.

Hole secured her hat-trick when she unleashed a shot from an acute angle. Definitely a game of two halves and one in which the league leaders had to dig deep.

The player of the match accolade was shared by Cath Hole, Jo Faiers and Jayne Craig.


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