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Draw is a positive sign as Dollies end shocking spell

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: May 17, 2012

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Glastonbury Town 1 Nailsea Town 1

Glastonbury Town avoided a 16th straight league defeat when they held Nailsea Town to a draw.

The point was the Dollies' first since last December, although they could easily have picked up all three at the Abbey Moor Stadium.

As it stands, Glastonbury will be relegated after finishing bottom of the Somerset County League Premier Division but the County FA have been known to offer clubs a reprieve in the past.

Whatever division they play in next season, the Dollies have become a lot more competitive in recent weeks and all the players have improved dramatically.

If manager Simon White can add extra quality to his squad over the summer then they will be well-placed to bounce back immediately.

The first half of Saturday's clash was evenly balanced and, despite having missing several players, Glastonbury proved a tough nut to crack.

Tom Morgan did well to block Carl Chisholm's strike, while Dave Solway's challenge thwarted a powerful effort from Ryan Cook.

Chris Gregory hit the post with a downward header before the visitors took the lead after 38 minutes when a Danny Cook cross was headed home by Joseph Berry.

The hosts' own chances were limited, although Alex Priddice saw a fine effort tipped over the bar by Ben Morris.

Glastonbury made a brighter start to the second half and were awarded a penalty after seven minutes when Jamel Fisher handled the ball inside his own area. Priddice stepped up to level the scores from the spot.

He then went close to putting the Dollies ahead on the hour with a header that flashed past a post from a deep Joel Hopper cross. Lee Oakley was then thwarted by Gary Freeman's goalline clearance.

The visitors had posed little threat in the second period but Chisholm dragged an effort wide in a rare breakaway.

Glastonbury should have added a second after 74 minutes when another deep cross from Hopper fell to Brad Hefferman but, from just ten yards, he lifted the ball over the bar.

Home keeper Jordan Winter did well with a fine save to deny substitute David Payne late on but had Glastonbury come away with nothing, the result would not have reflected their performance.

Merv's merit marks: J Winter 7, R Wilson 7, J HOPPER 8, T Morgan 7, D Solway 7, B Whittaker 7, B Hefferman 6, L Oakley 7, A Priddice 7, B Treloer 6, J Ali 7.

Referee: Steve Taylor 9.

Entertainment value: 7.

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