Two late goals sink the Castle

PUBLISHED: 09:21 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 19 August 2016

Two late goals saw Uphill Castle slip to defeat in their first match of the Somerset County League season.

Minehead 2

Uphill Castle 1

Despite fielding a side decimated by unavailability, Uphill Castle came close to beating Minehead in the opening fixture in Division One West of the Somerset County League.

The visitors were first to threaten when Daniel Thomas saw his effort bounce off the top of the home crossbar, while Minehead also hit the crossbar in the first-half.

Uphill looked to be heading for victory when Thomas sprung the offside trap and coolly lobbed the ball over the advancing Minehead keeper midway through the second half, but Minehead found an equaliser with 10 minutes remaining.

With the game heading towards injury time, Minehead scored to snatch three points for the home side.

The man of the match award, which was kindly sponsored by Fusion of St James Street went to Jimmy Devanney.

Nailsea & Tickenham Res 1

Winscombe Res 1

Winscombe Reserves played their first-ever game in the Somerset County Division 2 away at Nailsea and Tickenham and came away with a 1-1 draw.

They started well with Milton and Rogers dominating the midfield and Malcolm and Dancer causing havoc down the wings. Ash Brown was also winning every high ball for Foncette to use his pace.

The game changed when the referee sent off Matt Ware and the home side’s centre forward for foul play. This opened the game up and Winscombe went ahead after 25 minutes when Rogers’ through ball found Brown who held off two defenders and scored with ease.

This seemed to galvanise the home team and they put the Winscombe defence of Bailey, Norris and Bassett under pressure, but with Dakin in goal as well, they held strong.

The second half also started with another sending off for the home side. Nailsea made a number of changes and brought on all substitutes who were first team players and their class began to show as Winscombe tired and Nailsea scored two minutes from time.

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