Nailsea United hammer four past previously unbeaten Shirehampton
By elpresident | Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:52
Saturday September 21st 2013
Nailsea United 4 Shirehampton
On Saturday United
entertained Shirehampton who came to The Grove with an unbeaten record. Manager
Mark Savage shuffled his back four with Mike Wallington and Tom Morris playing
on the flanks and Stuart Lee and Rob Brown in the central positions. Against a
Shirehampton side that had scored 24 goals in the last 3 matches the Nailsea
back four had to be at their best. As always Shirehampton were well supported
by their travelling fans.
The first shot in anger came after 2 minutes
when a snap shot by Matt Long was saved by the visiting keeper. Shirehampton
very nearly took the lead on the quarter of an hour mark following a free kick
that bounced away from Scott Kendall to be scrambled away by the Nailsea
defence. The play became more even with Shirehampton using the long ball as
much as possible. With 30 minutes gone clever play on the right saw Ryan King
pick out Steve Lester but the midfielder headed over the bar. Stuart Lee had
the next opportunity but his shot was cleared by the visiting defence.
With 5 minutes of the
first half remaining pressure by the home side paid off following a Matt Long
cross from the left which was fired home by Louis Keane from close range.
United should have doubled their lead on 44 minutes when Ryan King threaded his
way into the Shirehampton box to find Matt Long who headed wide with the goal
This was an even half
with Shirehampton always dangerous but Nailsea finished just the stronger
knowing that the second 45 minutes would not be easy against the league's top
Half Time. Nailsea
United 1 Shirehampton 0
It was Shirehampton
that started the second half on the front foot with the equaliser coming on 55
minutes. Once again a long ball was launched into the Nailsea half, this time
the home defence were caught square with keeper Scott Kendall just unable to
hold onto the ball allowing the Shirehampton attacker to roll the ball into the
empty net. At this point you thought that the next goal would have a huge
bearing on the end result of the match.
Within 3 minutes of
the Shirehampton equaliser Matt Long was sent away through the middle of pitch
but could not control his shot with the keeper advancing the ball going wide of
the right hand post. Nailsea now began to dictate the play with Matt Long doing
well to win the ball on the left, his cross to Louis Keane was passed back to
Steve Lester who could not make a good connection. On 63 minutes Liam Lester
replaced the injured Tom Morris who had a fine game on his return to the first
It was important that
Nailsea turned their possession into goals as you always felt that one slip
would allow the free scoring Shirehampton forwards to put their team in front.
On 65 minutes United regained the lead with passage of first time passing that
outwitted the visiting defence to create a chance on the left for Louis Keane
whose shot hit the near post and crossed the line. If there was any doubt an on
rushing Matt Long blasted the ball into the back of the net. Shirehampton were
now having difficulty in containing a rampant Nailsea side with Lous Keane
shooting just wide from a pass by Matt Long.
With 10 minutes
remaining Nailsea put clear daylight between the two sides following a corner
from the left by Matt Long which went beyond the far post to Keane who
controlled well before volleying it confidentially past the Shirehampton keeper
for his hat trick. With a two goal advantage George King replaced the hat trick
hero Louis Keane on the left flank. Shirehampton to their credit kept probing
with a save with his feet by Scott Kendall ensuring that the last few minutes
were comfortable for Nailsea.
The icing on the cake
came with two minutes remaining when a ball out of defence found Ryan King on the right, instant control
and a quick look up saw King play the kind of ball that has been his trademark
over the years when he found Jim Lee with a perfect 30 yard cross field pass.
The Striker still had some work to do but rounded the keeper to score on the
angle for goal number four.
Final Score. Nailsea United 4 Shirehampton 1
This result keeps
Nailsea firmly at the top of the league whilst taking Shirehampton's unbeaten
record. The match was played in an excellent spirit with an outstanding all
round performance by United. Apart from two short periods one in each half the
Nailsea defence repelled everything that the visitors could throw at them. The
midfield duo of Steve Lester and James Springett gradually took control,
winning 50/50 balls to feed their forwards at every opportunity. The United attackers were terrorising the
visitors defence in the second half with Ryan King on the right using his
experience and skill to give the Shirehampton back four a torrid time. Finally young
Louis Keane will not forget his hat trick with three well taken goals. I will
leave the Evening Post reporter to pick the man of the match as the whole of
the Nailsea team made a contribution.
Shirehampton will be in the shake up at the end of the season
for championship honours but today they came up across a Nailsea side that were
on top of their game. It is a great pity that the two best sides in the
Somerset County League over the past 5 years have been denied the chance of
playing Toolstation football by circumstances beyond their control.
Finally I believe
that club history was made today with two fathers playing in the same first team as their sons with
Ryan and George King and Steve and Liam Lester
showing that Nailsea have both experience and a conveyor belt of
youngsters available to them.
Next week September
28th, United entertain Frys Club who have done well following their
promotion at the end of last season. Kick Off. 3.00pm