South East United vs Nelson FC

While most of the weekend's football fell victim to the rain, Pembroke Park made for a perfect setting for the men's Southern Championship games between South East and Nelson.


Earlier in the season, the teams fought out a thriller at North Warrane which ended in a last-gasp winner for Nelson, and Glen Roland's team was looking to square the ledger with home ground advantage.


However, his plans were dealt a crushing blow during the week with no fewer than EIGHTEEN players unavailable, leaving only eighteen players to front up for the two games.


This meant that nine fantastic club men played a role in both games, with the majority ending up on ground for well over two hours in total.


Even so, the teams fought out two absorbing battles. Riley Allchin's second of the season had given the home side the lead in the reserve game, before Nelson fought back strongly to lead before half time.



Nelson continued to edge the second half, scoring twice more to make the game safe, before Jamie Pender's first goal of the season provided a consolation with the last kick of the game, leaving Nelson delighted with their first reserves win of the season, leapfrogging South East in the process.


In the seniors, an early goal settled Nelson's nerves, as another absorbing encounter took place. South East applied a fair amount of pressure but were unable to break through before the interval.


In the second half, with fatigue rapidly becoming a factor, Nelson applied most of the pressure, soon grabbing the all-important second to take the sting out of the game.


South East continued to battle gamely, but it was Nelson who always looked the most likely to add to their total, and it was only two outstanding goal-line clearances from Jordan Bailey and Alex Calvert - playing an outstanding game as a stand-in centre back - that kept the deficit down to two.



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