Last minute winner allows United into quarter finals of the League Cup
By elpresident | Saturday, December 01, 2012, 17:35
Frome Collegians 4 Nailsea United 5
As current holders of the trophy Nailsea United travelled to play Frome Collegians in the third round of the Somerset County League Cup Knock Out competition.
It was the home side that had the first scoring chance in the third minute but the shot went wide of the upright. Nailsea took the lead two minutes later following a strong run down the right by Harry Hope who passed to Matt Long who in turn found Stuart Lee who shot with the ball crossing the Frome goal line via the far post.
On 15 minutes a poor kick by the Frome keeper fell to Sam Long who set brother Matt away only for his shot to be dragged wide. Neither side were able to create a chance until the 25th minute when Frome scored the equaliser with a well placed shot. This goal gave the home side the impetus to go forward and were rewarded two minutes later with a headed goal from a corner gave them the lead.
A lack lustre United finally started to put their game together with Sam Long heading into the Frome net from close range following an Ellis Wilmot corner from the right to bring the scores level on 38 minutes. United then retook the lead two minutes before the break. Stuart Lee ran at pace down the right flank to cross into the middle where Matt Long cleverly created space to roll an inviting ball to Sam Long whose powerful shot was too strong for the Frome keeper to give the visitors a half time lead.
Half time score: Frome Collegians 2 Nailsea United 3
Within 5 minutes of the restart Stuart Lee had the opportunity of doubling the United lead after being put through by Matt Long but his shot hit the post and rebounded to safety. Frome responded immediately to score their equaliser when a long shot deceived Nailsea keeper Nick Yeo to find the back of the net. The home side retook the lead on 60 minutes following a cross from the left which was palmed out by the Nailsea keeper to an on rushing Frome player who shot into the visitors net to make the score Frome Collegians 4 Nailsea United 3.
Nailsea manager Mark Savage then made a double substitution with a fit again Jim Lee and Steve Lester replacing Josh Benjamin and Sam Long. Nailsea were determined to retain the cup they won last year and began to make prominent attacks on the Frome goal. With 10 minutes to go Ellis Wilmot came close when his shot whistled over the bar.
It took a brilliant interchange of passes between Ellis Wilmot and Matt Long with the latter cooly stroking the ball past the home keeper to bring Nailsea once again to level terms with just two minutes of normal time remaining.
Extra time looked a certainty until with 90 minutes on the clock a good move saw the ball deep into the Frome penalty area where Jim Lee used his strength to wrestle the ball from a Frome defender to poke the ball over the line for what transpired to be the Nailsea winning goal.
Final score. Frome Collegians 4 Nailsea United 5.
So it will be the Nailsea name that goes into the hat for the quarter finals of this competition but they certainly made hard work of winning this match against their First Division opponents who I am sure will feel very disappointed not to at least take the game into extra time.
Next week December 8th United return to league duties when they are at home to old foes Bridgwater Town Reserves in what is always a close encounter against the young Bridgwater side. Kick off 2.00pm. No doubt the Nailsea management will be telling their charges not to give the ball away as often as they did this afternoon as Bridgwater strive to climb the table.