With Chris Adamson at the helm United travelled to Odd Down for this mid week fixture. Due to injuries and other commitments it was an even younger Nailsea side that took to the field with several players being promoted from the high scoring Reserve side.
The opening minutes were quiet with Odd Down having the first shot in anger in the seventh minutes but the effort did not trouble Nailsea keeper Jack Smith. Three minutes later Nailsea were awarded a free kick on the right hand side of the pitch. Mark Iles delivered with his usual accuracy into the Odd Down goal area, the home side were unable to clear with Ryan Lester getting the last touch before the ball crossed the line to put the visitors in front.
With 20 minutes gone Odd Down had a free kick just outside the box, however the United wall stood firm. The play was end to end with Adam Marsden just inches away from a driven cross. On the half an hour mark James Springett picked up the ball just outside the area but his shot was wide of the mark.
There were no further chances before the referee brought the first half to a close.
Half Time. Odd Down Reserves 0 Nailsea United 1
Nailsea were well worth their one goal advantage with the young forwards causing the home defence problems with their pacy runs.
However, it was a familiar tale when Odd Down equalised within five minutes of the restart. A speculative shot was not covered by Jack Smith with the ball creeping over the line. This gave the home side just the start they were looking for as they upped their game. Within two minutes they had taken the lead when the quick centre forward was allowed to cut in from the left to unleash a scorching shot into the roof of the Nailsea net.
The young Nailsea side stuck to their task with Odd Down lucky not to concede following a Mark Iles corner with a goal line clearance with an hour played. Three minutes later the home side broke quickly with a counter attack which ended with the centre forward out pacing the United defence to roll the ball past Jack Smith for goal number three. Four minutes later with an almost identical break the same player scored again to take the score to four goals to one in the home sides favour.
On 70 minutes the United management team made their first change with Will Hodges making his first appearance of the season in the senior side replacing Ben Barrett. It would have been easy for Nailsea to capitulate at this stage but nothing could be further from the minds of the youngsters on show as they took the game to Odd Down. A further change was made with Ricky Jefferies replacing Ben Pratt. They were rewarded for their endeavours with ten minutes remaining when a corner was forced over the line to bring the deficit to two goals.
With five minutes remaining a Mark Iles free kick found its way into the back of the net to set up a nervous last few minutes for the home side. With the final roll of the dice Scott Fisher was replaced by James Taylor going immediately into the forward line.
However, try as they might United could not score the elusive fourth goal with Odd Down grateful when the official brought proceedings to an end.
Final Score. Odd Down Reserves 4 Nailsea United 3
With this display and spirit Chris Adamson and his management team have something to work with in the coming weeks. They have the first opportunity this Saturday September 30th when Staplegrove are the visitors to The Grove. Kick Off 3.00pm. The following week October 7th it is cup action at The Grove when Westfield are the visitors in the Somerset Senior Cup. Please note Kick Off is at 2.30pm.