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March 28, 2016

Nailsea United 2-1 Berrow

Easter Monday saw United entertain Berrow with both sides eager to take maximum points to draw clear of the relegation fight below them.
Berrow were the first to have a hint of a goal hitting the United crossbar on three minutes with the ball rebounding to safety. On the ten minute mark Berrow took the lead when the usually composed James Springett headed the ball towards his own goal giving the visitors a goal scoring chance which they took.
Nailsea had to regroup which they did taking the game to the visitors. On 14 minutes following a corner taken from the right by Harry Hope, the ball fell to Adam Bell beyond the far post but his volley was gathered by a grateful Berrow keeper. Three minutes later a surging run by Alex Goodwin saw him play a fine pass to Stuart Lee who was unlucky to see his headed effort pass the wrong side of the post.
Finally, with half an hour gone United scored the equaliser. Alex Goodwin took his usual accurate corner which again was hit beyond the far post but this time Adam Bell had a better connection with his volley which was arrowing towards goal where Sol Wanjou Smith with a deft flick ensured that the ball crossed the line.
The remainder of the half was fought in midfield although Berrow hit the crossbar for the second time as they strived to regain the lead.
Half Time. Nailsea United 1 Berrow 1
The score line was just about right as neither of the sides could gain the upper hand.
The second half started with Ben Cook replacing the injured Alex Goodwin in the left back position. United began to assert themselves with James Taylor making a good connection with a driven corner delivered by Adam Bell but he could not direct the ball towards the goal. Next it was James Springett who met a Rob Brown cross forcing the visiting keeper to tip the ball over the bar on 55 minutes.
It was almost continuous pressure by United but could their possession be turned into goals which has been the problem in recent matches. With 15 minutes remaining Harry Hope found Matt Long only to see his first time shot hit the upright with the keeper beaten. At this point Mark Iles replaced goal scorer Sol Wanjou Smith. Immediately Harry Hope jinked his was across the penalty area looking for space but his shot went wide of the mark.

With ten minutes remaining the patient Nailsea supporters were reminded what their team are capable of with a flowing passing move from the right to left which ended with Adam Bell standing the ball up in the Berrow goal area where Stuart Lee out jumped his marker to send the ball wide of the Berrow keeper and into the back of the net to give his side the lead for the first time.
With two minutes remaining Harry Hope had the chance to make the game safe when a headed pass from Stuart Lee found him just outside the penalty area, Hope turned his marker with ease but with only the advancing keeper to beat he fired the ball over the bar. This was not a costly miss as despite Berrow having a few forays into the Nailsea half the referee brought the game to an end.
Final Score. Nailsea United 2 Berrow 1
This win brought a precious three points to United with the table looking a lot better than it did before the kick off. It was good to see the United approach play being rewarded with a well worked goal. Long may it continue for the remainder of the season.
Next week April 2nd, United travel to Dundry looking to take themselves further up the table. On the same day the Reserves entertain Weston St Johns at The Grove. Kick Off 3.00pm. The visitors lie just one place ahead of the home side.