Nailsea held in goal-less draw at Minehead

PUBLISHED: 14:49 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:49 18 March 2015

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Nailsea were held to a goal-less draw at Minehead, their second visit to West Somerset in seven days.

Minehead 0

Nailsea United 0

FOR the second time in seven days, Nailsea travelled to the West Somerset coast to play Minehead at their Irnham Road ground.

It was very obvious from the outset that the real winner from this encounter would be the pitch, which saw even short passes bobbling all over the place.

Nailsea started the strongest with Adam Bell having two chances within the opening minutes. The first shot was straight at the keeper with the second sent over the bar. Minehead retaliated with a long-range shot that Jack Smith saved diving to his left.

On the half hour mark, a good move saw the ball worked to Stuart Lee, but his effort was off target. Five minutes later, Minehead again tested Smith, with the young keeper pushing away a goalbound shot before Rob Brown cleared for a corner which brought no results.

A cross from James Springett found the head of Joe Tuttiett, but his looping header was clawed away by the home keeper at full stretch. A Bell corner was headed over by Jim Lee with five minutes of the half remaining as both teams entered the break on equal terms.

Seven minutes into the second half, a shot on the turn by Jim Lee was sent wide and soon after a fierce Bell free kick stung the keeper’s hands. Minehead were reduced to 10 men as one of their players had too much to say to the referee.

Nailsea had further chances through Matt Long and Lee, but the game finished scoreless.

On Saturday, United have the return local derby with Nailsea Town at Fryth Way (3pm). Although languishing at the foot of the table, Town always raise their game in this bragging rights fixture, so a close encounter is expected.

On the same day, United Reserves host Town Reserves at the Grove (3pm), with both sides looking to climb the table.

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