April 21, 2016

Nailsea United 3-0 Yatton Athletic

With an undefeated run of five matches Nailsea were looking to extend their improved form with a home match against Yatton Athletic at The Grove on Tuesday evening. The pitch looked a picture although the surface was hard for probably the first time in ages.

It was the home side that started quickly with a passing movement between Jim Lee and Adam Bell which saw the latter test the Yatton keeper. Although United were pressing, Yatton had a great chance to open the scoring but Josh Dann did well to push away a goal bound shot to safety on ten minutes.
With a quarter of an hour on the clock a Bell free kick was flicked on by Jim Lee only to gathered by the keeper. Five minutes later Yatton again cut open the United defence only to see the resultant shot blazed over the bar. Then with four minutes of the half remaining United took the lead. A perfect corner from the left taken by Adam Bell to be met by the head of Rob Brown guiding the ball into the back of the net with a powerful header giving the keeper no chance.

Half Time. Nailsea United 1 Yatton Athletic 0
The half time score probably reflected the better possession by United although the visitors could have been on the score sheet with better finishing.

The second half saw Nailsea up their game with Jim Lee getting on the end of a Rob Brown throw only to see the ball gathered by the keeper at the second attempt on 65 minutes. Five minutes later the home side doubled their lead when Sol Wanjou Smith pulled the ball back to Jamie Whitfield on the right, his first time cross was only partially cleared by the Yatton defence rebounding to Adam Bell just inside the area. The striker who is in a rich vein of form at the moment kept his composure to strike a strong shot wide of the keeper for goal number two.
With ten minutes remaining United were again indebted to Josh Dann who made a fine save diving to the right to gather a rare Yatton shot. With just two minutes remaining it was that man Bell again this time taking a free kick from the left which was perfectly placed for the head of Jim Lee who made no mistake to give Nailsea an emphatic win.

Final Score. Nailsea United 3 Yatton Athletic 0

This was a fine performance by the home side who were without several members of the first team squad but those that stepped into their boots all had excellent games. I do not like to pick out individuals for praise but Rob Brown ran for 90 minutes showing his tenacity in the tackle but also his football skill picking out searching passes. Of course Adam Bell was involved in all three goals, assisting in two and scoring one.

This Saturday April 23rd United are at home with the visit of Odd Down Reserves. Kick Off 3.00pm. On Tuesday of next week April 26th it is the local derby against Nailsea and Tickenham at Fryth Way. Kick Off 6.30pm.