Nailsea hammer Ashton & Backwell in local derby clash
By elpresident | Saturday, February 23, 2013, 17:56
Ashton & Backwell 1 Nailsea United 5
Nailsea travelled the short distance to play neighbours Ashton & Backwell in a top of the league clash. Both sides were looking for three points to keep leaders Berrow within touch. Usually in matches such as this it is the team that wants it most are the victors.
Nailsea put their stamp on the game within the first few minutes. A ball out of defence found Ryan King who ran at the goal to slip Jim Lee in on the left, his shot went under the Ashton keeper to give United a perfect start. Three minutes later the lead was doubled when Rob Brown found Ryan King who linked well with Harry Hope with the latter shooting past the home custodian for the second goal.
There was only one team in it as the Nailsea midfield consistently fed their very mobile strike force leaving the Ashton defenders chasing shadows. It was no surprise that goal number three came on the 15 minute mark, A high ball played forward by Rob Brown saw James Springett use all of his experience to judge the bounce of the ball perfectly to roll the ball into the empty Ashton goal. It was a just reward for the scorer as his body language and effort from the start epitomised the desire of the Nailsea side to win this local derby.
The visiting Nailsea supporters only had to wait two minutes to cheer once again as Jim Lee broke away down the left leaving his defender in his wake to send a perfect cross field ball to Ryan King. Immediate control a quick look up was all that King needed before sending an inch perfect shot that curled into the top left hand corner of the home sides net. A goal to grace any game.
If this was a boxing match the referee would have stepped in to avoid any further damage to the Ashton side as it was so one sided. United could even afford to miss a golden opportunity to go further ahead when on 22 minutes Jim Lee who had an extra yard of pace today again outstripped his marker down the left to cross into the danger area where Ryan King shot over from a perfect position.
With five minutes to go before half time goal number five arrived care of another neat move between Ryan King and Harry Hope before Jim Lee slotted the ball home given the hapless Ashton keeper no chance.
Half time score. Ashton & Backwell 0 Nailsea United 5.
With United kicking down the slope the second half started with Ashton looking to stem the flow of United attacks and perhaps make the scoreline more respectable. Nailsea were unlucky not to add to their goal tally on 60 minutes following inventive play by James Springett nearly bringing another goal. Nailsea then made their substitutions with Matt Long and Liam Lester replacing the midfield duo of Ellis Wilmot and Steve Lester who had been the driving force behind the United display.
The second half was more closely contested with all due respect to the Ashton side who knew on the day that they were outplayed but continued to go forward when allowed only to meet a resolute Nailsea defence. Jim Lee was denied a second hat trick in successive games when with 10 minutes to go Harry Hope sent him away only to see his shot cannon off of the bar to safety.
Ashton scored a consolation goal two minutes from time to make the score 5 – 1 to Nailsea. The last two minutes saw United on the rampage again with the Ashton keeper bringing off two brilliant saves.
Final score. Ashton & Backwell 1 Nailsea United 5.
As the score suggests this was more than a comprehensive win for Nailsea with the whole of the squad stepping up to the plate against a Ashton side seeking to rejoin the Toolstation League. This win puts Nailsea into second place in the league. Next week they travel to the West Somerset coast to play Watchet Town. Kick off 3.00pm.
Next game at The Grove see the Reserves entertaining Combe St Nicholas looking to add to their excellent win today against Cheddar Reserves.