On a windswept Tuesday evening United travelled to play Wells City Reserves on their Recreation Ground pitch. It was obvious before the start that the overhead conditions would play a big part although the pitch itself was in good condition.
United started the better with Tom Weaver connecting well from a pass from Ross Probert on the right, although the shot had plenty of power it did not trouble the Wells keeper. United were using the wings well with a succession of crosses but none of them brought tangible results.
On 17 minutes Wells using the wind in their backs had a deep cross which was volleyed wide. On 25 minutes Sam Pinder played a long ball to Stuart Lee which was just too strong to control. Immediately afterwards a Liam Lester free kick met the head of Stuart Lee but he was unable to generate any power. Wells were having more of the ball with centre back Liam Lester making a fine last ditch tackle to deny a shooting opportunity.
The play was now end to end with Kwok Ch Kin on the left picking out Stuart Lee who cushioned the ball into the patch of Adam Marsden but his effort was saved by the keeper. On 33 minutes Wells finally used the wind to their advantage with a long range shot that picked up speed to fly into the back of the United net to give the home side the lead.
Nailsea retaliated with a goal kick from Jack Smith which was glanced on by Stuart Lee to Tom Weaver but his shot was too high. Three minutes before half time saw a quick Nailsea break led by Stuart Lee but once again the keeper was rock solid.
Half Time. Wells City Reserves 1 Nailsea United 0
With the wind now in their back United started strongly with Tom Weaver creating some space but his shot went across the goal to safety. Next it was Adam Marsden trying his luck but again the ball went the wrong side of the post.
Against the run of play Wells doubled their lead with another shot from distance which nestled in the back of the United net. On 65 minutes Nailsea made their first change with Ben Pratt replacing Tom Weaver. This move brought instant results when a Liam Lester free kick was floated in on the wind to be pounced on by James Springett who cleverly lobbed the keeper to bring the goal deficit to one.
Five the minutes later the Lester- Springett combination worked again but this time Springett could not find the target. It was now all Nailsea pressure as they sought the equaliser with Ross Probert crossing to force the Wells defence to concede a corner. The second United change saw James Last replacing Kwok Ch Kin on the left flank. Try as they might United could not breech the Wells defence with the final roll of the dice seeing Joe Sharps replacing Adam Marsden.
Final Score. Wells City Reserves 2 Nailsea United 1
Although Nailsea dominated much of the second half they simply could not take advantage in a meaningful way with the home side very grateful to hear the final whistle to take all three points.
This Saturday September 16th Nailsea must regroup to travel to Keynsham based Fry Club who were the victors when the teams met earlier this season at The Grove. Kick Off 3.00pm.