February 17, 2018

Nailsea United 5 Wells City Reserves 1

After two weeks of postponed fixtures, Nailsea were home to basement side Wells City Reserves.

The early minutes brought no goal mouth action but that all changed in the tenth minute. A good move down the right saw Wells forced to concede a corner which was swung in by Kin where Joe Sharps met the ball firmly with his head to beat the keeper comprehensively to give his side the lead.

Nailsea continued to press doubling their lead on the half an hour mark. A James Springett free kick was perfectly placed for Rob Brown to score with a diving header. Five minutes later Kin fought well for the ball on the right before crossing but Adam Marsden was unable to find the target. Two minutes later a combination between Luke Penberthy and Adam Marsden saw the latter create space but shot wide of the post from a good position.

With five minutes to go to half time Joe Sharps dribbled the ball to the left of the Wells goal before pulling a fine cross from the goal line where Rob Brown found the net with a header from close range for his second goal and his sides third.

Half Time.  Nailsea United 3  Wells City 0

This was a dominant performance by the home side who turned their territorial advantage into goals something that they have failed to do in earlier matches.

United were determined not to take their foot off the pedal as they took the game to Wells. Five minutes into the second half Joe Sharps won the ball on the left before sending a low cross into the danger area where Adam Marsden finished the move in style to make the score 4-0 to United.

On 58 minutes with United in a rampant mood a first time pass by James Springett found Kin who chipped the ball over his defender to Luke Penberthy who made a good connection but the shot was just wide. This was the last action for Penberthy when he was forced to leave the field to be replaced by Tom Weaver in attack.

On 65 minutes a quick break by Nailsea led by play maker James Springett who found Tom Weaver on the left who made good ground keeping his composure to slot the ball past the advancing Wells keeper for goal number five. Nailsea then made their second change when Kin who could be pleased with his afternoon’s work was replaced by Will Hodges.

With three minutes remaining a shot by Wells was going well wide when Rob Brown connected with his head to divert the ball into the net past the stranded Owen Adamson for a consolation goal to the visitors. This was in fact Rob Brown’s third headed goal of the match but unfortunately he cannot claim a hat trick. He may do in Mexico but not in this country.

Final Score. Nailsea United 5  Wells City Reserves 1


This was a fine team performance against a game but outclassed Wells side. One must mention the performance of young Ryan Ford who had a fine game in the heart of the defence with the experienced Rob Brown and Lee Cook on hand to guide him through.

Next week United travel to South Bristol where they meet Stockwood Wanderers no doubt in a confident mood after today’s performance. Kick Off 2.30pm.

Congratulations to the Reserves for a gritty win at Cheddar. The “A” side overcame local rivals AFC Nailsea by four goals to two in a cup match. The “B” side scored six goals to go through to the next round of the cup against Kewstoke Lions. Finally the young Colts side lost at home to high riding Lodway.