Nailsea United hit back for point against strugglers

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 February 2019

Nailsea United players and management with club sponsor @thegym before the match against Odd Down. The club would like to thank @thegym who are located in Blackfriars Road, Nailsea for their continued support

Nailsea United players and management with club sponsor @thegym before the match against Odd Down. The club would like to thank @thegym who are located in Blackfriars Road, Nailsea for their continued support

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Nailsea United had to settle for a share of the spoils against bottom club Odd Down Reserves in their Uhlsport Somerset League Premier Division contest on Saturday.

They took the game to the visitors from the start, with Stuart Lee heading wide from a Matt Thomas corner in the very first minute.

But Odd Down replied by firing a shot just wide, before Lee was crowded out by defenders from a James Springett corner.

Lee slid the ball past the advancing keeper and post after flowing move on 15 minutes, then headed wide from another Springett corner on the half-hour mark, suggesting it wasn’t going to be his day.

And Jack Smith was called into action sooon after to deal with an Odd Down attack, before Ben Barrett’s crossfield pass found Thomas, whose curling shot hit the far post on the stroke of half time as the scoreline remained goalless.

The second half was only four minutes old when Odd Down – belying their lowly position in the league table – took the lead from a corner and they went 2-0 up when a long goal kick caught Nailsea cold and left Smith exposed.

Matt Day was sent on for Ben Pinkney to add more fire power to the Nailsea attack and Nathan Hall was replaced by Will Hodges soon after.

The moves paid off on 67 minutes when a period of pressure led to an Odd Down defender turning the ball into his own net to halve the deficit, before Tom Richens saw a header from Springett’s corner tipped over.

And it was all square on 78 minutes as Barrett produced a strong run and cross from the right for Lee to, finally, tuck the ball home.

But despite pushing for a winner in the final 10 minutes, Nailsea were held at bay by the Odd Down defence as honours ended even.

The normally deadly Lee might have had a hat-trick on another day, but it was not to be on this occasion for Nailsea, who are without a game this weekend.

However, the reserves are set to entertain their Winscombe rivals at The Grove on Saturday and the colts host Weston Celtic, with both matches kicking off at 2.30pm.

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