Nailsea United go top of the league following win at Ilminster Town
By elpresident | Sunday, September 15, 2013, 11:03
Saturday September 14th 2013
Ilminster Town 2 Nailsea
On Saturday second
placed Nailsea United travelled to South Somerset to play Ilminster Town
knowing that a victory would see them sitting at the head of the table with
current leaders Minehead without a game.
United were quickest
out of the blocks with a move on 8 minutes which saw Louis Keane find Jim Lee
who set up strike partner Ryan King but his shot was sent wide. Almost
immediately Ilminster retaliated with Josh Dann saving well at the near post
from a well hit shot. Then Ben Pratt shot straight at the keeper after a
reverse pass by Ryan King gave him a shooting opportunity.
Nailsea finally took
the lead on the half hour mark with a period of neat football which culminated
in Louis Keane finding Matt Long in a congested Ilminster penalty area. A quick
side step saw Long create the space he required to send a shot well wide of the
home keeper into the far corner of the net. Nailsea continued to control the
match with Ilminster reduced to sporadic breakaways. Five minutes before half
time a Ben Pratt cross was killed instantly by Ryan King who turned and shot in
one movement with his effort going just wide.
Nailsea were good
value for their one goal lead against a robust Ilminster side who were allowed
to continue with the referee taking no action. However, as many teams visiting
Ilminster will know the home side backed
by their vociferous supporters are never easy to play against. The game was all
to play for.
Half Time. Ilminster Town 0 Nailsea United 1
It was the home side
that took the game to Nailsea at the start of the second half with Josh Dann
making a great save on 49 minutes from a fierce shot from the right. This home
side dominance paid off with the equaliser coming from a well headed goal. The
home crowd were now in full voice to be rewarded with a second Ilminster goal
on 52 minutes when a corner was not defended with another headed goal giving
Ilminster the lead.
The home side could
have taken a two goal lead within minutes when an attack down the right saw the
wingers shot go just beyond the Nailsea far post. With 25 minutes remaining
Aaron Latta was replaced by Steve Lester as Nailsea searched to get back into
the game. This change was almost instantly rewarded as a bout of first time
passing saw Jim Lee set up Ryan King with a deft back heel pass allowing King
to fire home. The home crowd were now somewhat quieter to be completely
silenced on 75 minutes when a fine run by Matt Long saw him release the ball to
Jim Lee to blast home to put United into the lead again.
It was now all
Nailsea as they showed why once again they are title contenders with a fourth
goal coming on 78 minutes. A Matt Long corner from the left was headed on by
Jim Lee to Louis Keane who turned the ball into the Ilminster net from close
range to give the visitors a two goal cushion. The final substitution saw goal
scorer Louis Keane replaced by Sam Long on the left flank. The final minutes were played out with
United in control. The last scoring opportunity fell to Matt Long who shot wide
following a through ball by Rob Brown under pressure from a home defender.
Final Score. Ilminster Town 2 Nailsea United 4.
This was a fine win
by Nailsea who showed good spirit by coming from behind when the game could
have gone away from them early in the second half. On the way out I spoke to a
home supporter who grudgingly admitted that it was the quality of the Nailsea
goals that separated the two sides with each of the four goals being well
constructed and finished. If there is a cause for concern it was that Ilminster
scored two headed goals against a Nailsea defence that are usually strong in
September 21st top of the league United are at home to free scoring
Shirehampton. Kick Off 3.00pm.
Finally, the game at
Ilminster was the last match that Nailsea had the benefit of Coach Ellis
Wilmot. On behalf of all supporters may I thank Ellis for his training and
playing abilities which alongside Manager Mark Savage have seen United win two
back to back league championships and league cups. We wish Ellis well in the