It was a trip to the outskirts of Bath for United on Saturday as they tried to extend their unbeaten run of three matches against bottom of the table Odd Down Reserves.
Nailsea started brightly with Henry Symonds breaking down the right but his cross was too hard going out for a goal kick. On 13 minutes the first half chance fell to Nailsea when a corner by Matt Thomas was headed by Sam Olsen but he was unable to hit the target with the ball flying over the bar.
There were no real goal chances to either side as the defences cancelled out the strikers with a free kick on 30 minutes to Odd Down which was too high the only real threat by the home side.
Although Nailsea started the game in control the home side had the better of the second part of the first half. It was difficult to see why they had not gained any points so far.
Half Time. Odd Down Reserves 0 Nailsea united 0
Odd Down continues to take the game to Nailsea but their attacks were well dealt with by the United central defenders of Tom Richens and Adam Marsden both on the ground and in the air.
On 65 minutes the first Nailsea change was made with Matt Thomas giving way to Ben Barratt. Nailsea were still guilty of giving the ball away too many times when a little composure was required.
With ten minutes remaining Ben Pinkney joined the fray replacing Henry Symonds. This change brought an immediate reward to Nailsea when an attack saw the ball in the Odd Down goal area where Matt Day showed good skill to make a shooting position before firing past the keeper to give his side the lead.
Minutes later it was Day again who tried a speculative looping shot from distance which just sailed over the bar. With five minutes remaining a typical run by Ben Barratt saw him lose his marker with a burst of speed but his cross was beaten away. The final minutes saw Odd Down try everything to score the equaliser but the United defence stood strong.
Final Score. Odd Down Reserves 0 Nailsea United 1
A welcome three points for Nailsea which takes them to eleventh place in the league with an unbeaten run of four matches. As I said earlier Odd Down will surely start picking up points soon as they looked far from a bottom of the table side.
Next Saturday November 10th United are in League Cup action at The Grove when they host Middlezoy Rovers with a 2.30pm Kick Off. This should be a well contested game as the two sides met a few weeks ago in the league with the the points being shared.
In other results there were wins for the “A” team and Colts with the Reserves sharing the points with Somerton Town and the “C” team losing out by the only goal of the match against Wrington Redhill Reserves.