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January 6, 2019

Wrington Redhill 1 Nailsea United 4

It was the short trip to Wrington Redhill on Saturday for the United side looking to build on their second half performance of the previous Saturday. The pitch was well grassed but very heavy for both sides.

United made the worst possible start as Wrington scored with their first attack after five minutes has elapsed. The ball bounced around the Nailsea goal area without being cleared allowing a home player to stab it into the goal.

This stung Nailsea when a neat move on eight minutes saw Joe Sharps in space on the right but his shot was wayward. However, just two minutes later the equaliser  from a driven James Springett corner from the right which was met by the head of Stuart Lee before finding Adam Marsden to the right of goal, somehow he hooked the ball over his shoulder and into the net.

Nailsea now dominated the play with the home side reduced to sporadic attacks. It was no surprise that United took the lead on the half an hour mark. Matt Day did well to weave down the right flank to find Joe Sharps whose pass was converted by the ever alert Sam Olsen to slot home.

With a minute of the first half to go a long ball found Joe Sharps beyond the Wrington defence with a one on one with the keeper who did well to beat away the shot from the Nailsea man. It only took another minute for Joe Sharps to create something out of nothing to send his side into the break with a two goal cushion. Rob Brown picked out Sharps twenty yards from goal, immediate cushioned control saw him loop the ball over his marker before unleashing a volley which found the roof of the net. A superb goal which would have enhanced any standard of football match.

Half Time. Wrington Redhill 1  Nailsea United 3

This was a good display by United in difficult conditions with the Joe Sharps goal illuminating a dull afternoon.

Nailsea were kicking up the slope in the second half but were relentless with their pressure on the Wrington defence. On 50 minutes Joe Sharps drove a perfectly weighted pass along the goal area but none of his colleagues were able to get a touch. On 58 minutes Nailsea made their first change when Adam Marsden left the field due to an injury to be replaced by Tom Richens.

Wrington continues to press forward when allowed to do so winning a penalty on 62 minutes when Tom Richens dragged back a Wrington player in the box. The penalty kick was well struck only for Jack Smith to dive to his right to push the ball to safety. This was an important save as a goal to the home side then would have given them the momentum to trouble Nailsea further.

With 15 minutes remaining Nailsea made the game safe with their fourth goal following a good bout of inter passing between Sam Olsen and Stuart Lee saw Olsen set up Matt Day who made no mistake in finding the back of the net. In the final ten minutes Nailsea made two further changes with Nathan Hall and Stuart Lee being replaced by Ben Pratt and Jamie Whitfield respectively as they looked to preserve the three points earned.

There was just time for one further chance for Nailsea to extend their lead when Will Symonds on the left set up a chance for Rob Brown but the shot did not trouble the home keeper.

Final Score. Wrington Redhill 1  Nailsea United 4

A workmanlike display from Nailsea gave them the three points against a Wrington side who never gave up. Next Saturday United are at home to the ever dangerous Watchet Town with a 2.00pm kick off.

Finally, congratulations to all five of the Nailsea United sides who all won their games on Saturday for a clean sweep.