Saturday saw United travel to South Bristol to play in form Mendip Broadway on a soft but playable surface. The home side have made a steady start to their first time in the top division but recent results show that they are beginning to make their mark.
The opening minutes were end to end as both sets of players were getting use to the conditions. However, it was the home side that took the lead on 11 minutes with a cross from the right which eluded the Nailsea defence to be stabbed home from close range. Two minutes later Matt Day had a half chance but his shot was sent over the bar.
Mendip were having more of the ball with Nailsea reduced to sporadic attacks one of which on 25 minutes saw Adam Marsden move down the right before pulling the ball back to Matt Day only for the striker to see his shot blocked by a timely tackle. On 35 minutes United had their best chance to equalise from a driven corner by Mike Carroll which found Nathan Shipway in space but his header did not carry the conviction required to be sent wide.
Two minutes later Mendip scored their second goal when a corner was not gathered by Rob Brown under pressure from a home player allowing a tap in to double their lead. With five minutes of the first half remaining United put together an attack which finished with a curling shot from Nathan Shipway which was saved by the home keeper at full stretch.
Three minutes before the end of the half Mendip secured daylight between the two sides following the inability of the Nailsea to clear their lines giving a home player the chance to finish in a clinical fashion.
Half Time. Mendip Broadway 3 Nailsea United 0
A three goal difference was perhaps not an accurate reflection of the first 45 minutes but Mendip are a confident side with a potent attacking force.
The second half was only eight minutes old when Nailsea made a double change to try to get something out of the game. Ryan Ford and Mike Carroll were replaced by James Springett and Sam Olsen. These changes saw the midfield have more control of the game. A further forced change came on 60 minutes with the injured Jamie Whitfield being replaced by Ed Starzac.
United then began to take the game to Mendip with a quick counter attack on 65 minutes seeing Matt Day fire a shot which went past the far post. Nailsea continued to attack but this left the defence open to counters from Mendip which they took advantage of with 15 minutes remaining which saw a shot rebound from the upright into the path of a home player who despite the best efforts of Rob Brown found the back of the net.
To their credit Nailsea continued to seek a consolation goal coming closest with Matt Day header from a James Springett free kick which forced the keeper to make a diving save. Finally Mendip scored their fifth and final goal with five minutes remaining from a well constructed move.
Final Score. Mendip Broadway 5 Nailsea United 0
Nailsea lost to a side that were full of confidence with two or three players who are more than capable of playing at a higher standard of football which made the difference between the sides. I am sure the Nailsea management team are aware of where the team has to be strengthened to compete with the many good sides in this league.
Next Saturday United at last have the opportunity for a home fixture when high flying Clevedon United are the visitors to The Grove. Please note the earlier kick off 2.00pm.