Having gained maximum points from their first three games of the new season, Nailsea United played hosts to Keynsham based Fry Club on Tuesday evening at The Grove. The visitors usually provide strong opposition having made a confident start to the new campaign.
Nailsea nearly got off to a dream start when a cross field ball was met beyond the far post in the first minute by Jack Last, his header squirmed under the keeper who just managed to retrieve the ball before it crossed the line.
It was the home side that had the better of the opening minutes with James Springett breaking fast to feed the ball to Nathan Shipway but his shot was deflected for a corner. On the quarter of an hour mark good interplay between Mark Iles and Stuart Lee saw the latter with a chance but the resultant shot was sent wide.
On 20 minutes Fry Club put together of move which needed the United keeper to save with his legs to prevent his side from going behind. Ten minutes before the break an accurate cross from the right by Jamie Whitfield found Stuart Lee in a good position, but once again the keeper saved with only a corner being gained.
Half Time. Nailsea United 0 Fry Club 0
United had much the better of the opening half an hour with chances to go into the break in the lead. Only time will tell if those missed opportunities would prove costly after 90 minutes.
The second half was only six minutes old when Nailsea fell behind. A long ball caused indecision in the Nailsea rearguard giving the Fry striker the chance to head into an empty net to give his side the lead.
Fry Club were now playing with more confidence as Nailsea were sending too many passes astray. On 58 minutes Nailsea made the first change with Jamie Butt being replaced by Adam Marsden. Minutes later Fry Club nearly double their lead with a shot that flew over the United bar.
A further change was made in the United ranks on 68 minutes with Joe Sharps replacing Mark Iles. Two minutes later a free kick taken by James Springett into the crowded goal area was met by Nathan Shipway but his header was just wide. In a last throw of the dice the final Nailsea change was made with 20 minutes remaining when Brad Cogan replaced Jack Last.
Although the home side pressed forward as the final whistle beckoned they were unable to create any clear chances as Fry Club defended in numbers. On a number of occasions it was the important final ball that let them down as they headed for the first defeat of the season.
Final Score. Nailsea United 0 Fry Club 1
So the undefeated run comes to an end against a good Fry Club side that took their chance and then defended well to ensure they went home with the points.
The next game at The Grove is on Saturday September 2nd when the First team are in cup action against Castle Cary in the first round of the Somerset Senior Cup. Please note early Kick Off of 2.30.