United earn hard-fought draw at reigning champions

PUBLISHED: 11:23 01 November 2017

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Nailsea United returned from reigning league champions Watchet Town with a hard-fought goalless draw.

Watchet Town 0

Nailsea United 0

Nailsea made the long trip to the West Somerset coast to play reigning league champions Watchet Town.

No real action took place in the first 15 minutes with just a shot by Nathan Shipway from distance which the home keeper saved comfortably. The home side then began to get into their stride with a shot on 20 minutes which was dealt with by Nailsea keeper Jack Smith.

Both defences were on top restricting goal chances to a minimum with Watchet having more of the play. With 10 minutes to go before the break, a Watchet corner was headed over the bar.

Despite having the greater possession, Watchet were unable to break down a well-organised Nailsea defence, while they had to keep an eye on the pacy Nailsea attack which came more into the game as the half wore on.

Chances were again few and far between for both sides as the game wore on and the only real chance that the home side created came on 72 minutes when a long throw was not dealt with by the United defence, allowing a shot from close range which was sent over the Nailsea bar.

As the referee brought the game to an end, the United management and players felt the result was like a victory to go home with a point.

It was obvious from the start that Nailsea manager Chris Adamson had done his homework to work out a way of stopping the normally attack-minded Watchet team from scoring.

Time and time again, the Watchet defenders when bringing the ball out from the back were harassed by the United forwards making them play square passes and then when eventually the ball was moved forward, the United midfield and defenders were organised to nullify any real goal chances.

On Saturday, United travel to Staplegrove with a 2.30pm kick-off. At The Grove, the Reserves host Cheddar Reserves also at 2.30pm. The A side welcome Wrington Redhill Reserves in a cup tie with an early 2pm start. Finally the young Colts side are at home to West Wick kicking off at 2.30pm.

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