Game 20: Chilcompton Sports 1.1 Nailsea & Tickenham (Somerset County Premier) 20.04.19
With the sun out I decided to change my plans and head into Somerset to watch this game between the top two in the league. Nailsea were top at the start of play but have played three games more than their hosts and can still be caught. This was the first league meeting of the two teams who will meet again at Nailsea at the end of April in what could turn out to be the deciding fixture. The car park was busy but I managed to find a space and had time for a quick drink in the large social club bar. There were over a hundred people watching the game which was excellent for this level on a bank holiday weekend.
The first half was fairly open with both sides attacking well but lacking some quality when it came to finishing. The home team edged it slightly in terms of chances, hitting the post with their best effort. The referee sensibly added a water break halfway through each half to give the teams and officials a chance to keep hydrated on really warm day.
Nailsea started the second half strongly and thought they had scored with a header past the keeper from a long throw but it was disallowed for pushing in the area. After the second water break they missed a great chance when one of their players got round his man on the touchline and put a perfect cross in only to see the ball headed well over the bar by his team mate. Nailsea finally broke the deadlock a few minutes later. A long ball through the middle found one of their players in space. He ran into the area and managed to get a shot away just as a defender got back to block it. Luckily for him the ball bounced back off the defender and he managed to get a good connection on the ball to hit it past the keeper.
The equaliser came four minutes later from the penalty spot. It was a clear penalty for a mistimed tackle in the box but it was a couple of minutes before it could be taken as an injured player needed some treatment. The delay didn’t put the taker off and despite the confidence of an away supporter who was convinced the keeper would save it, the ball was hit low under the keeper’s dive and in. In the last ten minutes Nailsea went down to ten as one of their substitutes went down injured and couldn’t be replaced. Chilcompton put a lot of pressure on and came close to a winner right at the end. They played the ball into the area and tried several close range shots but they couldn’t force the ball past the covering defenders.
Game 16: Peasedown Miners Welfare 1.2 Long Ashton (Somerset County Div 1E) 24.03.18
After a morning in Midsomer Norton, I took a short drive to the Miners Welfare Recreation ground in Peasedown St John. The pitch is railed off with a covered standing area on the far touchline, changing rooms behind one goal and car parking facing the near touchline. Before the game the teams lined up for a one minutes silence.
Long Ashton started well and controlled the early play. Their best chance came from a free kick but it was hit straight at the keeper. Peasedown came back into the game and almost took the lead with a chip that went over the onrushing keeper but fell the wrong side of the crossbar. They also hit a shot across the goal that was just too far for a player at the back post to connect with. In injury time Long Ashton took the lead with a powerful shot from outside the area that gave the keeper no chance.
Peasedown had a great chance to equalise on the hour when their number 10 was tripped as he ran into the penalty area. There seemed to be some confusion as to who would be taking the kick and eventually the same player came forward for it. The keeper guessed the right way and dived to his left to save the shot. Long Ashton took a two goal lead a few minutes later from a corner. The ball was cleared to the edge of the area to a Long Ashton defender. He got the ball out from his feet and hit a beautifully weighted shot into the top corner. Peasedown continued to press and pulled a goal back in the 90th minute with a header over the keeper. There had been a couple of fierce challenges earlier in the half and as Peasedown pressed for an equaliser tempers rose. There were three yellow cards in injury time as Long Ashton did enough to hold on for the win.
Game 7: Timsbury Athletic 0.1 Clutton (Somerset County Division 1 East) 24.12.16
My first game on a Christmas Eve thanks to it falling on a Saturday and the Somerset County League having a full set of fixtures. After some discussion with Paul we decided on this game as it was a 2pm kick off and close enough to get home before 5pm and family / pub duties. The Recreation Ground was very busy for this local derby with c 125 people watching this local derby.
There was only one goal in the game, a mishit ball that ended up being superbly placed to lob the keeper and come down into the net. Timsbury had one good chance in the first half, a shot from their speedy number 9 that went wide. They created plenty of chances in the second half and saw the ball cleared off the line but couldn’t snatch an equaliser.