Nailsea United share eight goals at Bridgwater Town

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By Carol_Deacon | Sunday, December 01, 2013, 12:15

Bridgwater Town Reserves 4  Nailsea United 4 For the second successive Saturday United were on their travels this time to play Bridgwater Town Reserves at Fairfax Park on Saturday, November 30 

The home side are a mixture of young players with a sprinkling of more experienced personnel but always try to play good football. 

Nailsea were without Captain and striker Jim Lee with brother Stuart Lee leading the attack.

The first half chance fell to Nailsea on 3 minutes with a corner from the left by Adam Bell falling to James Taylor whose shot went wide of the far post. Bridgwater took the lead on ten minutes following a cross from the right which was not defended leaving the Bridgwater player to bundle the ball over the line.

Nailsea responded with Steve Lester playing in Adam Bell but his shot was saved by the home keeper. 

On the half hour mark United went further behind when another cross from the right found the head of an unmarked home player who had an easy chance to double the lead. It was important for the visitors to make their mark on the game which they duly did just 3 minutes after conceding the second goal. 

A long ball out of defence by Rob Brown was glanced on by Stuart Lee to Adam Bell who cut in from the right to slide the ball past the home keeper for a well taken goal.

Nailsea now began to pull the strings scoring the equaliser in the 35th minute. 

Captain for the day Matt Long picked up the ball inside the centre circle to see that there was a clear path to goal, he quickly made ground until he was in shooting range before confidently placing the ball wide of the advancing keeper to score a fine individual goal which even brought murmurs of appreciation from the normally one eyed home supporters in the main stand.

All the hard work to get back on level terms was undone two minutes later when Rob Brown was adjudged to commit a foul in the box allowing Bridgwater to regain the lead with a strongly hit penalty which although keeper Josh Dann guessed the direction correctly he could not keep out. 

Finally before half time a snap shot by Ryan King was well saved by the home keeper.

Half Time Score. Bridgwater Town Res 3 Nailsea United 2

It was still all to play for at the start of the second half with Mike Rowcliffe replacing Ben Pratt in the United back four, but Nailsea went two goals down within 10 minutes of the restart following a disputed free kick  just outside the Nailsea penalty area was not gathered cleanly by Josh Dann allowing the on rushing home player to find the back of the net. 

To their credit United did not let their heads drop as they searched for a way back into the match. On 62 minutes Steve Lester floated the ball up to Stuart Lee whose header went just over the bar. 

Then with 20 minutes remaining a typical surging run down the left by Rob Brown saw him cut into the box only to be brought down for the second penalty of the match. 

Matt Long took responsibility sending the keeper the wrong way to reduce the deficit to one goal. 

It was now the visitors that looked the stronger with Ryan King unable to find the target following good work by Stuart Lee which gave him a chance he would normally have taken with ease. 

However, King made no mistake when a free kick was awarded 25 yards from goal with 10 minutes remaining. With unerring accuracy and power he found the net with the ball glancing the inside of the post giving the home custodian no chance. 

A quality strike to bring Nailsea back on level terms.

Try as they might United could not force the winning goal having to settle for a point in this goal fest of a match.

Final Score. Bridgwater Town Reserves  4  Nailsea United  4

At the end although coming back from a two goal disadvantage twice United would probably look at this being two points dropped as opposed to one point gained. 

On Saturday, December 7, United are away again to Weston based Langford Rovers with the kick off at 2pm.

The next match at The Grove on the same day sees the Reserves hosting Worle with kick off at 2pm.

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