Nailsea United fall short at Clutton

PUBLISHED: 11:16 12 December 2018

Football

Football

Matt Smart

Nailsea United were defeated by Clutton, a side just below them in the league.

Clutton 3

Nailsea United 0

Nailsea travelled to Clutton on a blustery day to battle for three points against a team who, due to points being deducted, were below them in the league.

United had the first concerted attack on five minutes with a move between Rob Brown and Matt Day who won a corner. From the corner, Ben Barrett worked his way along the line but his cross was gathered by the keeper.

The home side were now having more of the ball with Brown making a goalline interception to keep the game scoreless. On 22 minutes United raided down the right with Barrett moving quickly, he cut in but his cross was just out of reach of Day.

Five minutes later Nailsea had the best chance of opening the score when Barrett broke through the middle, but with only the keeper to beat he shot wide.

Clutton started the second half strongly and on 58 minutes it was Clutton who nearly took the lead with a shot that just rolled wide of the United upright.

Ten minutes later a flurry of activity in the Clutton penalty area saw Barrett and Day both having chances within a minute of one another.

Just a minute later, it was the Nailsea goal that had a charmed life when a Clutton shot cannoned from the crossbar only for the Clutton striker to blaze wide with the goal gaping from the rebound.

Clutton took the lead when they scored from a rebound from the post. Worse was to follow for Nailsea when a minute later another home attack saw two forwards unmarked, giving them the chance to double their lead which they did with no trouble.

The game was put beyond the reach of Nailsea with 10 minutes remaining when Clutton scored with a shot that went across Jack Smith to nestle in the net.

This was a lacklustre display by United who left too many gaps in defence, particularly in the second half which Clutton took full advantage of.

On Saturday, the first team are without a game with the Reserves playing Banwell at home, kick-off 2pm.

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