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February 17, 2019

Nailsea United 2 Odd Down Reserves 2

Nailsea played hosts to basement club Odd Down Reserves on Saturday on a balmy windless day, perfect for football.

United took the game to their visitors from the start with a corner by Matt Thomas swung in after  just one minute which was headed wide by Stuart Lee. Odd Down retaliated by taking the ball down the other end of the pitch with a shot that was just wide.

On eight minutes another Nailsea corner this time take by James Springett fell to the Stuart Lee who could not control the ball in time before he was surrounded by Odd Down defenders. With 15 minutes gone a flowing Nailsea move down the left saw Lee roll the ball past the advancing keeper only to see the ball go agonisingly past the wrong side of the post.

Nailsea were controlling the game but that elusive opening goal would not come to the consternation of the local supporters. A further chance went begging on the half an hour mark when following a perfect Springett corner Stuart Lee out jumped his marker but planted his header wide. No doubt Stuart was beginning to think that today was not to be his day.

Odd Down attacked when allowed and forced Nailsea keeper Jack Smith into action on 32 minutes but he dealt with the shot. On the stroke of half time a cross field ball from the right by Ben Barrett found Matt Thomas beyond the first post but his well hit curling shot smacked against the far post to rebound to safety.

Half Time.  Nailsea United 0  Odd Down Reserves 0

At this point Nailsea should have been out of sight creating a number of chances without being able to execute any of them.

The second half was only four minutes old when Odd Down took the lead. An attack forced a corner with the ball being bundled over the line for the opening goal. Ten minutes later the visitors were in dreamland when they doubled their lead following a long goal kick which caught the United defence cold with an Odd Down attacker firing past Jack Smith into the net.

This brought an immediate response from the United bench with Ben Pinkney being replaced by Matt Day to add more firepower to the front line. Five minutes later Nathan Hall was replaced by Will Hodges as Nailsea went into full attacking mode to try to rescue the match.

These changes had the required effect on 67 minutes when a concerted Nailsea attack saw a Odd Down defender conceded an own goal to bring the deficit to a single goal. United nearly had the equaliser on 75 minutes when a James Springett corner was met by the head of Tom Richens only to see the visiting custodian do very well to tip the goal bound effort over the bar.

Three minutes later a strong run down the right by Ben Barrett saw him cross into the centre of goal where Stuart Lee made no mistake in tucking the ball under the keeper to bring the scores level. Nailsea made their final change with ten minutes remaining when Matt Thomas gave way to Will Hodges.

The last ten minutes saw Nailsea strive for a winning goal which seemed unlikely at one time but the Odd Down defence held out.

Final Score.  Nailsea United 2  Odd Down Reserves 2

So in the end Nailsea had to settle for a share of the points against a side that played well above their league position. On another day the normal deadly Stuart Lee could have been celebrating a hat trick but he kept his composure to score the goal which gained the point.

Next week United are without a game but at The Grove the Reserves entertain Winscombe Reserves with a 2.30pm Kick Off. Also at home are the Colts playing Weston Celtic also with a 2.30pm start.