Nailsea United denied by late winning goal by Odd Down
PUBLISHED: 10:21 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 January 2018
Odd Down Reserves scored the winning goal against Nailsea United with just two minutes remaining of the match.
Nailsea United 1
Odd Down Res 2
Following a morning pitch inspection at The Grove, Nailsea United played Odd Down Reserves and came off second best on a heavy surface.
Nailsea had the better of the early exchanges with Sam Olsen having a goalbound shot charged down on five minutes. The visitors began to exert some pressure with a shot on 10 minutes, followed by a similar attempt from a corner two minutes later.
The game ebbed and flowed with Olsen firing wide on 17 minutes. Five minutes later Rob Brown brought the ball out of defence to find Ben Pratt, who picked out Olsen, but once again he could find the target.
The next chance fell to Luke Pemberthy who latched on to a Brown free kick, but the resultant strike was sent just wide of the far post.
Odd Down came closest to opening the scoring on 35 minutes following a corner, which required a goal-line clearance by a United defender to keep the ball out.
Two minutes later a crossfield move saw the ball at the feet of Ross Probert, but his shot was well saved by the impressive Odd Down keeper.
As the end of the first-half loomed it was Nailsea that had the best chances with efforts by Penberthy having been fed by Pratt ending in a weak shot before in the next raid Penberthy found Adam Marsden, who beat his marker to create space but his shot was just the wrong side of the post.
In the final minutes, the best chance came when a Joe Sharps shot was only parried by the keeper to Marsden, but an Odd Down defender somehow deflected the shot wide.
The first action of the second half saw Pemberthy make a strong run before crossing to find Olsen, but once again the visiting gathered easily as the shot lacked conviction. On 55 minutes Odd Down took the lead with a quick break catching out the United defence for the opening goal.
The scoreline did not remain for long as James Springett drilled a free kick towards the near post on 63 minutes which was helped into the net by the Odd Down keeper for the equaliser.
United began to ring the changes with Olsen being replaced by Kin. United were now looking for the lead with Pemberthy picking out Marsden on 73 minutes, but as had happened many times before, the Odd Down keeper was equal to the shot.
The second Nailsea change came with 10 minutes remaining with Probert being replaced by Louis Parnham.
Within a minute the ball was played wide right to Kin, who showed he requires no invitation to shoot sending in a powerful shot which was again only parried by the visiting custodian, but no Nailsea player could make a connection as the ball fell invitingly in front of goal.
Two minutes from time, Odd Down scored the winning goal with a ball through the middle which caught out a hesitant Nailsea defence, with the ball being prodded beyond Own Adamson and into the net.
This was a disappointing result for the Nailsea management, players and supporters, who could claim that they were the victims of several crucial decisions by the referee, but ultimately they simply did not take the chances that were created together with some outstanding saves by the Odd Down keeper.
In truth, United should have been out of sight at the end of the first-half with more clinical finishing.
On Saturday, United travel to play Middlezoy Rovers with 2pm kick-off.
At The Grove, the Reserves are at home to Hutton looking to build on their good win last week.