Nailsea travelled to Bridgwater on Saturday on a very blustery day. Earlier on in the season United were the victors by three goals to one in the home fixture and were looking to complete the double.
It was the home side that had the first shot in anger on four minutes but the effort was well wide. With a quarter of an hour played Tom Weaver turned his marker but the resultant shot was deflected for a corner which was defended well by the home defence.
The opening goal came on 20 minutes, the ball was fed out to Adam Marsden on the right, his low cross to the near post was met by Sam Olsen who skilfully glanced the ball into the Bridgwater net to give his side the early advantage.
Bridgwater retaliated with Jack Smith saving well at the near post diving well to stop a goal bound shot. The home side came more into the game to equalise on 31 minutes. A quick break down the right saw the ball whipped into the Nailsea goal area where it was met by a home player who scored from close range. Worse was to follow for Nailsea when three minutes later a similar move this time down the left flank saw the home side take the lead, again a cross was fired home from close range.
Half Time. Bridgwater Town Reserves 2 Nailsea United 1
After a bright start for Nailsea they were undone by two identical goals one from each wing. Could they regain the initiative in the second half?
Nailsea were dealt a blow just five minutes into the second period when striker Luke Penberthy was forced from the field through injury to be replaced by Jamie Roberts. Five minutes later Nailsea had a golden chance to equalise when a corner by James Springett fell to the unmarked Scott Fisher but he was unable to keep the ball down with his header rising over the bar. Nailsea were then indebted to keeper Jack Smith who saved well diving to his right as the home side looked to increase their advantage.
Nailsea then made a couple of substitutions in the 60th and 70th minute with Joe Sharps being replaced by Chi Kwin Kok and Mark Iles taking the field in place of Ryan Lester. This allowed United to reorganise with a back three with more fire power in attack.
However, it was the home side that finished the stronger with Scott Fisher cutting out a dangerous move down the left with a timely challenge. In the final moments Jack Smith was called upon to keep the deficit to one goal saving with his feet as Bridgwater attacked from their right.
Final Score. Bridgwater Town Reserves 2 Nailsea United 1
Next week, Saturday October 28th Nailsea have a stiff challenge when they travel to current league champions Watchet Town on the Somerset coast.
At The Grove, the Reserves host bottom of the table Pensford. Kick Off 3.00pm. The “B” side looking to go back to the top of the table host Portishead Town B side. Finally the young Colts side are also at home to Clevedon United A with 3.00 Kick Off.
Nailsea United would like to thank the match ball sponsor C & C Motors based at Blackfriars Road. Tel: 01275 853708.