February 9, 2020

Nailsea United 1 Watchet Town 1


It was the visitors from the Somerset west coast, Watchet Town who are linked together with United in the middle of the league for a fixture that is usually very close.

To be honest the first 20 minutes were devoid of any goal action with Nailsea waiting until the 24th minute to strike on the Watchet goal when Stuart Lee shot from the left only to see the ball go just wide of the far post. Three minutes later a good spell of passing saw Mike Carroll curl a shot towards goal which the visiting keeper easily gathered.

On 31 minutes Watchet had the chance of taking the lead but the shot was screwed wide of the Nailsea post. Two minutes later Adam Marsden sent in a dangerous cross from the left which was met by the head of Matt Day but the striker could not make the contact he wanted with the ball again collected by the keeper.

Most of the Nailsea threat was coming from the left flank with Adam Marsden again sending over a pinpoint cross for Matt Day whose volley lifted over the bar from a good position. As the first half drew to a close Watchet had a scoring chance but the final effort was wide of the mark.

Half Time. Nailsea United 0 Watchet Town 0

In a first half that saw chances spurned by both sides it was all to play for in the second 45 minutes.

After just three minutes Nailsea were forced to make a change with the injured Cameron Henderson being replaced by Nathan Shipway. United had the better of the early stages with Matt Day doing well to send a great cross into the middle on 55 minutes to be met by the head of Nathan Shipway, the ball was just behind him but he did well to send a header onto the Watchet crossbar.

A further chance fell to the home side on 59 minutes when a Matt Day corner from the left was met by Stuart Lee just beyond the far post but again his effort was just wide. Watchet immediately counter attacked forcing a corner from their left which was not cleared by the United defence allowing a simple chance for the ball to be poked home to give Watchet the lead against the run of play.

With 65 minutes gone a Nailsea corner fell to Jamie Butt whose powerful shot was too high. Nailsea made their second change on 70 minutes with Leon Osborne giving way to Sam Olsen. The home side put further pressure on Watchet as they sought the equaliser with Stuart Lee being put through before being tackled just as he was about to pull the trigger.

However, Nailsea were not about to be denied with the equaliser coming on 76 minutes with Nathan Shipway in possession on the left before crossing into the danger area where the ever alert Stuart Lee made contact to send the ball into the Watchet net.

With five minutes remaining Jamie Butt was replaced by Liam Hodges as both sides were unable to break the deadlock with the game finishing in a draw.

Final Score.  Nailsea United 1  Watchet Town 1

This perhaps was a fair result with neither of the sides able to capitalise on the few chances created apart from the ones where the goals were scored. Nailsea have now stretched their unbeaten run to seven games a record that will be tested with their visit to near neighbours Clevedon United next Saturday (February 15th) with a 2.30pm start.

The results from the other games are as follows.

The Reserves lost 3-0 away to Burnham United Reserves. The “A” side lost 3-2 to Wedmore but the “B” side went to the top of the league in beating Shipham by four goals to one. Lastly, the “C” side were also successful in beating Draycott Reserves 2-0.

Next Saturday at The Grove the Reserves host Bishops Lydeard Reserves with 2.30 kick off.