Fine win for United takes them to third place in league
By elpresident | Saturday, December 15, 2012, 17:45
Saturday saw fourth placed Nailsea at home to third placed Street with both teams looking to keep the pressure on the top two teams. Street were seeking revenge for an earlier defeat to Nailsea on their home ground bringing with them an undefeated record in away games.
Nailsea started brightly with a Mike Rowcliffe cross from the right being met by the head of Jim Lee which brought a diving save by the Street keeper. Lee was on target again on 7 minutes with a snap shot being pushed around the post for a corner.
The play began to become more even. A free kick by Ellis Wilmot was again met by Jim Lee who was a constant threat to the visitors defence, this time the keeper again saved. Street then began to have the better of the game shooting across the United goal and then heading onto the crossbar.
The Nailsea defence were playing well as a unit to see off the Street attacks. United then began to put together several good moves one of which saw the ball put out by a visiting defender for a corner with 10 minutes to go to half time. Ellis Wilmot put across a well placed corner which was met with a glancing header by Mike Rowcliffe into the Street net for the opening goal.
In the minutes leading up to the half time whistle mid fielder Steve Lester fired two powerful shots towards the Street net only to see the visiting custodian being off two brilliant saves. A good half of football served up by both sides well appreciated by the good sized crowd with Nailsea deserving their half time lead.
Unlike last week United were determined to kill off their opponents with Ellis Wilmot unlucky to see his goal bound shot deflected by a brave header 5 minutes into the second half. Five minutes later a fine cross field ball found Harry Hope on the left. The youngster kept his composure to go around the outside of his defender before drilling the ball home to double the home sides lead. Street were unable to contain a rampant Nailsea side going further behind on 65 minutes following a throw in which fell to Ryan King who set up Jim Lee who chipped the keeper with a clever shot.
With United well in charge Steve Lester was replaced by Stuart Lee on 66 minutes. Within 5 minutes Stuart Lee was unlucky not to score when he just failed to slide home a cross from the left following good work by Ryan King and Harry Hope who created the opportunity for the cross. Street then had their second wind heading just over the bar and then bringing a good save from United keeper Jason Small following a quick break from defence.
Ten minutes from full time the hard working Ryan King was replaced by Matt Long. Immediately, the best goal of the match was created by Nailsea with a slick passing move which left the Street defenders chasing shadows before the ball was worked out to the right for Mike Rowcliffe to send a deep cross into the danger area where Stuart Lee rose the highest to head into the net for a very well worked fourth goal.
With 5 minutes remaining midfield maestro Ellis Wilmot gave way to Sam Long. With almost the last kick of the game Street scored a consolidation goal from a free kick that found its way into the corner of the United net.
Final Score. Nailsea United 4 Street Reserves 1.
This win saw Nailsea leapfrog Street into third place in the top division. In my opinion this was probably the best performance by United against a useful Street side who were beaten for the first time away from home also giving Nailsea an impressive double over a team that will be challenging for silverware at the end of the season. The defensive back four were rock solid with Rob Brown in particular making several timely tackles and blocks. The midfield were too strong for their Street counterparts with the Nailsea attacking players always looking dangerous.
Next Saturday December 22nd sees the first local derby against Nailsea Town at The Grove. Kick off 2.00pm. With Town having a good season United will have to repeat their performance of today to contain the free scoring Nailsea Town side.